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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding
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How does Golding use nature in Lord of the Flies: how it foreshadows what will happen, how it works again man, how it parallels man's emotional states?

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Golding uses nature as a literary tool to develop foreshadowing and to parallel the emotional states experienced by the boys.  For example, in Chapter 3, Jack is out on a hunt for pigs.  While he scans the area, he hears nothing:  "The silence of the forest was more oppressive than...

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Golding uses nature as a literary tool to develop foreshadowing and to parallel the emotional states experienced by the boys.  For example, in Chapter 3, Jack is out on a hunt for pigs.  While he scans the area, he hears nothing:  "The silence of the forest was more oppressive than the heat, and at this hour of the day there was not even the whine of insects."  The silence of the forest develops a tone of suspense that foreshadows the future violence of the hunts to come.  Further, the silence highlights the tension between Jack who is frustrated at not finding a pig to kill and the "uncommunicative forest" that will not yield to the boy's desires.  Golding similarly uses storms to foreshadow violent actions and dissent among the boys.

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