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Why is the beach an important symbol? What does it represent in Lord of the Flies?

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larac0290 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 24, 2007 at 4:30 AM via web

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Why is the beach an important symbol? What does it represent in Lord of the Flies?

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ggii | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 4, 2007 at 7:11 AM (Answer #2)

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It represented the only way of rescue for the boys.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM (Answer #3)

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The beach acts as the place between the jungle and the civilized world.  It is the place where the boys first come to realize their plight, where they meet and organize their first society, and it becomes the place where things begin to break down before in the end acting as the stage for their rescue.

Because it is free from the trees and the noises and the animals of the jungle, the boys see it as a sort of refuge, even though the see is also frightening at times.  They are able to build shelters on it and have a fire and generally feel a distance from the evil and terror of the jungle.  Even the hunters do not stray far from the beach when they build their fort at the flat rock.

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