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There are clear descriptions of locations on the island throughout the novel. At the beginning of the first chapter, the shore is described:
The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air.
This description coninues with images of the trees, the grass, and the outskirts of the forest.
Later, in Chapter 9, the mountain is described in the midst of a storm:
Over the island the build-up of clouds continued. A steady current of heated air rose all day from the mountain and was thrust to ten thousand feet; revolving masses of gas piled up the static until the air was ready to explode.
Often Golding uses the descriptions of places on the island to develop the tone of the scene and to foreshadow events to come. The island holds much mystery and potential at the beginning of the novel, yet by Chapter 9, there is incredible tension among the boys that foreshadows the first death. Descriptions of other places on the island are equally representative: the darkness of the forest showing the fear of the boys, the sparkling waters that provide only a mirage of being rescued.
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