Where did the plane land in "Lord of the Flies"?

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The plane actually seems to have crashed into the ocean, since the boys never mention any remnants of the aircraft being anywhere on the island.  However, before it crashed, it did scrape alongside the outer edge of the jungle, right along the beach.  The narrator refers to this area as a "scar," signifying the damage the plane must have done to the jungle while crashing.  The constant use of the word "scar" to describe this is interesting diction to analyze:  Golding is already using a fairly violent word/image to describe the boys' arrival on the island, establishing the man vs. nature conflict early on in the book.

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