In addition to Golding's vivid description of the beautiful tropical island, there are subtle clues that indicate that the island is not paradise and suggest that there is a threat of violence in the environment. The scar that runs across the island is significant and implies that there are flaws present on the seemingly pleasant, secluded landscape. This jagged scar is man-made and is considered a disruption to the natural environment. The "witch-like cry" of a bird is also an ominous detail, as well as the darkness of the forest and "skull-like" coconuts on the terrace overlooking the lagoon. These specific words imply that there is something wicked and threatening among the boys. Golding also writes that the water in the magnificent pool is warmer than Ralph's blood and comments on the sun's oppressive heat by writing,
He [Ralph] trotted through the sand, enduring the sun’s enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes (17).
Golding's continual references to shadows, darkness, and mirages are also considered significant and suggest that the beauty of the island may be an illusion. As the novel progresses, the boys quickly descend into savagery, and the island becomes a threatening and hostile environment.