Importance of Setting in Lord of the Flies
The novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about boys that are stranded on an island after their plane is shot down. They seem peaceful at first, all work together to accomplish a common goal, but after a while there is tension and they divide into two groups. Jack and his choir boys become savage hunters while Ralph and his group are try to remain civil and get rescued. Jack’s civil behavior causes Piggy and Simon to be “accidentally” killed. Jack eventually has everyone after Ralph, and he sets a fire to get him out when a naval officer sees the smoke and comes to the island and rescues them. The island represents Golding’s idea of how the world was once a peaceful paradise. Golding also symbolizes that when people come, such as the boys did, it turns the place to a dark place full of savagery, and that they will be the ones who destroy this paradise they once had.
Right away in the beginning of the novel, Golding makes it clear that this island that the boys are stranded on is a paradise. In the beginning right after the boy’s crash landed on the island, Golding says “Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust up uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high. The top of this was covered with a thin layer of soil and coarse grass and shaded with young palm trees” (Golding 12). After Ralph calls the boys onto the beach, and Ralph’s group goes off by themselves, Golding becomes more descriptive, and says, “The most usual feature of the rock was a pink cliff surmounted by a skewed block; and that again surmounted, and that again, till the pinkness became a stack of balanced rock projecting through the looped fantasy of the forest creepers” (Golding 26). This quote proves that in the beginning before there were...