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Lord of the Flies Essay

  • Submitted by: Cheerpoo2
  • on September 19, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 533 words

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Golding uses the settings as different symbols throughout the novel. One of the first symbols is the main setting, the island. The island in itself represents isolation of the children. Since the children are isolated on the island, there is no way that the evil of the outside world could influence them to become evil. The island is also used to show that the environment, being so beautiful and pure, does not affect the boys and cause them to become evil.

The island is described as a place where "the white surf flinked on a coral reef, and beyond that the open sea was dark blue. Within the irregular arc of coral the lagoon was still as a mountain lake--blue of all shades and shadowy green and purple" (8). These descriptions of the island draw a picture very similar to the Garden of Eden. "Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" (Gen. 2:8-9). In the Garden of Eden there is a tree which bears fruit, much like the trees on the island which the boys feast upon. "Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden" (Gen. 2:10). A river flows through the Eden providing Adam with clean water to drink. Similarly, a river flows through the center of the island providing the children with fresh water. This river represents purity on the island, before corrupted by man. The water runs pure and clean until the dead bodies, representing evil, are thrown into it by the children and pollute it. Although the island seems to be a place of paradise, the littluns insist that there is a "snake-thing" capable of changing forms living on the island. Similarly, the Garden of Eden contains an evil serpent. "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made" (Gen. 4:3). Both places are beautiful paradises that contain an evil serpent, showing that even the most beautiful things contain...

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