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mgalvarez | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM via web

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What is the author's purpose for writing the last paragraph of the chapter three from The Lord of the Flies?

"the candle-buds opened their wide white flowers glimmering under the light that picked down from the first stars. Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island."

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 24, 2012 at 6:19 AM (Answer #1)

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Golding uses this description in context with Simon wandering through the jungle on his own, admiring the natural beauty of the world around him.  "The candle-buds" are significant, because the boys wonder about their purpose earlier in chapter two.  Golding's description characterizes the island as being wild and exotic, but he also includes the detail that "darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees until they were dim and strange" (57).  Golding's reference to the darkness covering the island foreshadows the boys' own personal descent into darkness and savagery. 

The author's descriptive paragraph at the end of the chapter acts as an exclamation point to the events thus far, a vivid reminder that the island is not just some made-up place in boys' pretend games, but a real and tangible environment, full of beauty, but also danger.

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