What Does The Island Symbolize In Lord Of The Flies

What does the island symbolize in Lord of the Flies?

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Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies, the uninhabited tropical island symbolizes the biblical Garden of Eden. In the biblical story, Adam and Eve roamed freely throughout the beautiful Garden of Eden, eating and enjoying the peaceful environment. They did not have to work or exert their energy in what was essentially paradise. However, they needed to obey one rule: they were not allowed to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve were then seduced by a serpent to eat the forbidden fruit and were cast out of the garden. Their tranquil lives in paradise were over, and their expulsion from the garden resulted in what was referred to as the Fall of Man.

Similar to the Garden of Eden, the uninhabited island is also a tranquil environment with plenty of fruit and food. The children do not have to toil for their food, and there are no remnants of civilization on the island. The children also arrive on the island as relatively civil, moral individuals, which represents Adam...

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