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sybillynch | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 21, 2010 at 5:55 AM via web

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How would you describe the island as conveyed in the novel Lord of the Flies?

Based on the book by William Golding.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:31 AM (Answer #1)

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The island where the castaway boys land on Lord of the Flies would be considered a tropical paradise under most circumstances. Despite the terrible way in which the boys arrive, the island should be a place where they can spend their time frolicking in the surf and relaxing on the beach. The island and the surrounding waters provide them with everything needed to survive: Food (especially wild pigs) and water are available on the island, and the waters are filled with fish and crustaceans. But instead of biding their time enjoying the surroundings while awaiting their inevitable rescue, the boys regress into a primal group of bloodthirsty killers.

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supercan | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 13, 2011 at 6:47 AM (Answer #2)

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In the novel, a fair description of the island would be that it’s tropical and boat shaped. It’s hot out, there are palm trees and undergrowth everywhere, and a coral reef surrounds half of the island. Often, the author uses the shades green and pink to describe the environment. He also uses the light and shading a lot when describing scenes.


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