What is the significance of the Chapter 7 title, "Shadows and Tall Trees" in Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Golding chose all of his chapter titles to be relevant and symbolically significant to the development of the characters and plot.  In chapter seven, "Shadows and Tall Trees," the boys venture into the dense jungle to search for the beast.  The connotation of "shadows and tall trees" suggests a frightening, dark atmosphere.  By the end of the chapter as the boys climb the mountain to look for the beast:

"the sun was sliding quickly toward the edge of the world and in the forest were never far to seek" (118-119). 

With his chapter title, Golding reminds the reader that the jungle is always dark and shadowy and reinforces the mysterious, uncertain quality of the island.  The boys fear the dark and its capacity for hiding frightening animals or beasts; chapter seven, "Shadows and Tall Trees" deals with the boys' fears directly in the manifestation of the beast.


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