Define the mood in Lord of the Flies. Explain how Golding used the setting to reflect the mood of the situation.

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Golding used setting in his classic novel to indicate the mood in many ways. The first way is to foreshadow. If you look at the first page, he talks about a boy walking through a "long scar smashed into the jungle." That's a sign that human presence will be damaging the natural world on the island.He uses the setting symbolically, to influence both the readers and the boys. This is done first by making the setting strange to the boys; this makes this exciting, enticing, and somewhat scary. Later, the setting darkens as the mood does; the setting causes the mood, but more it reflects it, becoming wilder and more threatening as the boys become violent.

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