What are the positive and negative things about the island in Lord of the Flies?What are some positive and negative things around the island, such as a positive thing about the platform - 'a great...

What are the positive and negative things about the island in Lord of the Flies?

What are some positive and negative things around the island, such as a positive thing about the platform - 'a great platform' (pg 17)?

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The island has many positive attributes in the story. The platform, as you mention, provides a clear view of the sea in several directions allowing the boys to potentially spot ships in the distance and hail  them with smoke. There is also running water and edible fruit. 

The presence of a constant and easy source of both food and water could potentially allow the boys to survive for a long time on the island. 

Yes, the island can be a wonderful place, as the littluns discover by day when they are bathing in the lagoon pool or eating fruit from the trees.

More food is present as well. Boars populate the island and can be killed and eaten. 

The island is treacherous as well. The boys find this out when the first fire they light quickly spreads through the forest. Also, Piggy's death is a clear sign of the islands natural dangers. Jagged rocks and cliffs present a danger to any of the boys who lose concentration. 

Of course, the biggest negative element of the island is its distance from any other land. This makes rescue unlikely.

...faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean . . . one was helpless.

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