What is the symbolism of the beach setting in Lord of the Flies?  

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The beach in Lord of the Flies represents safety and security.  As the single location closest to the water and potential rescue, the beach helps the boys maintain their connection to the civilization.  Golding's diction also helps to reinforce the beach as a safe retreat for the boys. Ralph chooses the beach as the place to build the shelters for the littluns, to create a sense of 'home.'  The beach reaffirms the youth of the characters, serving as a place where the reader sees the boys playing and acting more like the young children they are. 

The author describes the beach using bright colors and adjectives, which in turn characterize the beach as a warm, inviting safe place for the boys to convene; of course these details directly contrast with those describing the jungle, which comes across as a very dark and threatening location in the novel. 

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