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Posted October 20, 2007 at 3:35 PM via web

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how does golding let the readers know in chapter 1 that the island, which the boys believed is a paradise, is a dangerous place

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 29, 2007 at 8:35 PM (Answer #2)

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The narrator suggests the danger of the island immediately. On page 1 he presents several ominous indicators that this is not a safe place:  "the long scar smashed into the jungle," the bird makes a "witch-like cry," there are "creeper things" growing about. Just two pages later we find references to "decaying coconuts" and "the darkness of the forest," and then a few pages later again, the water in which Ralph plays "is as warm as blood." All of these images and metaphors are interspersed with passages about the beauty of the island, indicating that the evil might not immediately be apparent but is nevertheless there.

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