What are some good QUOTES from (Lord of the Flies) that PARALLEL the island to THE GARDEN OF EDEN (Genesis of the bible 2:8/20) I can't quite find enough information or details from the garden of...

What are some good QUOTES from (Lord of the Flies) that PARALLEL the island to THE GARDEN OF EDEN (Genesis of the bible 2:8/20) I can't quite find enough information or details from the garden of Eden to compare to the island!

"Wondering If anyone had a better grasp on this!!"

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The Island from "Lord of the Flies" and the Garden of Eden from the Book of Genesis have several parallels. Both see the inexperienced (in the former a group of unchaperoned children after a plane crash and in the latter two newly created humans with no experience of life without God's guidance.) 

The first similarity is thevegetation. 

The Garden of Eden was designed by the Lord God and provided excellent nourishment for the eye and the stomach.

" 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food." (Genesis 2: 9)

Indeed, the first man and woman, were in a garden of such delight and innocence that has been described by John Milton in the following lines: 

"Of goodliest Trees loaden with fairest Fruit,
Blossoms and Fruits at once of golden hue
Appeerd, with gay enameld colours mixt"

"Flours of all hue, and without Thorn the Rose:" 

(Milton: Paradise Lost, Book 4)

Experts have noted the similarities between Miltons' Eden and Golding's island from the novel.

"an exotic tropical island, the sort of paradise that holiday dreams are made of, a land of love and sweet indulgence?" (enotes Source: Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series, ©1993 Salem Press)

The children's introduction to the natural beauty of the island leaves them breathless. The mood is excited and peaceful as a the boys' adventure begins.

"[there were]...acres of fruit trees..Flower and fruit grew together on the same tree and everywhere was the scent of ripeness and the booming of a million bees at pasture."


 ...The nearer acres of rock flowers fluttered and for half a minute the breeze blew cool on their faces.

   Ralph spread his arms.

   “All ours.”

   They laughed and tumbled and shouted on the mountain.

The Garden of Eden is a place of innocence, as shown in the quotation, " Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame." (Genesis 2:25)

Similarly, the island appears to be a place of innocence and freedom from the constraints of adult life. As Ralph says, “This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.”

The irony of Golding's book is that despite the beauteous surroundings of the island, the actions of the boys turn ugly. Their brutal treatment of each other worsens without adults. Maurice feels guilty about his treatment of the smaller children playing in the sand.

Roger and Maurice came out of the forest. ..Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones. Maurice followed, laughing, and added to the destruction. .. Only Percival began to whimper with an eyeful of sand and Maurice hurried away. In his other life Maurice had received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand. ..At the back of his mind formed the uncertain outlines of an excuse. He muttered something about a swim and broke into a trot.

Similarly, the Garden of Eden is the setting of the ultimate act of evil by Satan, played by a serpent in the Book of Genesis. When the women is convinced by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit, the man and woman change irrevokably. They become ashamed of their crime and their nakedness, and they try to hide themselves from the Lord God. 

"7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." (Genesis 3:7; 10)

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