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lord of the flies setting

             "Lord of the flies" began with a plane crashing on an uninhabited island. We are not told the reason for this, but we can assume the crash was a result of events associated with World War II. The most likely scenario was the group of English boys were being evacuated when an enemy plane shot them down. They are "no grownups" and they are completely surrounded by ocean. The boys, isolated from society, must now create their own. .
             The island is ultimately a natural environment "untamed by man", uncivilized and primitive. Golding tries to convey the island like a cage confining the boys and isolating them from the rest of the world. We are told in the story that "no boy could reach even the reef over the stretch of water". This gives us the sense that the boys are trapped.
             Golding brings the island to life through personifications: "among the skull-like coco-nuts. The dumb sand. The wind roared". This helps visualize the island as a character and helps set the mood for events to come. Near the beginning of "Lord of the Flies" we can see the island as a paradise: "The water was warmer than blood" and the temperature even though a little hot is generally comfortable. Which shows us how generally the boys were happy on the island. Later on the mood changes to a darker more cynical mood, which warns us of trouble to come. Golding warns us in chapter nine that tension is rising between Jack and Ralph: "Revolving masses of gas piled up the static until the air was ready to explode". .

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