Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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What is the weather like in Lord of the Flies?  

In Lord of the Flies, the weather is typical of a tropical island, on which the novel is set. The weather is oppressively hot and humid, with periodic storms. The storms are intense, causing thunder, lightning, and torrential rainfall. The heat is ever-present and the weather conditions in the novel often parallel the events taking place or the emotions felt by the characters.

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In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the characters are stranded on a tropical island. The weather is hot and humid, with periodic storms and torrential rainfall, as is typical of a tropical island. The sweltering heat is constant on the island, causing many of the boys to shed their clothes, as well as their senses of civility.

At several points in the novel, the weather reflects the events taking place and the emotions felt by the characters. For example, in the first chapter, Piggy tells Ralph that no one knows their location and they are likely to die on the island. In the next line, Golding writes,

With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence.

The heat becomes more intense, mirroring the boys' anxiety, which also intensifies.

One of the best examples of weather reflecting emotion occurs in chapter nine. Simon wakes to find the clouds growing heavier, which suggests an oncoming storm and also...

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