What is the "scar" that is repeatedly mentioned in the book Lord of the Flies?

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ophelious eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The "scar" that is repeatedly mentioned throughout the book Lord of the Flies is a giant gash that has been torn from the forest.  When the plane that the student's were originally on was crashing it dropped down really low and ripped through the jungle before finishing up out at sea.  What it left behind was a line through the trees where everything was sort of ripped out...leaving a "scar."  In most interpretations I have seen, the scar is between the mountain and the platform and looks a bit like what you would expect if a tornado hit the area.