What is the weather like in Lord of the Flies?  

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The weather on the tropical island changes throughout the novel and corresponds to the events that take place on the island. For the majority of their stay, the boys experience the sun's intense heat during the day, which keeps them in the shade until the island cools down. In Chapter 4, Golding writes about the mirages that the boys witness each day because of the extreme heat. Golding also personifies the sun as "an angry eye" that gazes down at the boys on the island. The boys' emotions correspond to the hot weather as their passions gradually begin to rise and tension builds among them.

The weather is particularly important in Chapter 9 and corresponds with Simon's brutal murder. In Chapter 9, an intense thunderstorm takes place as the hunters begin their ritual dance. Unfortunately, Simon stumbles onto the beach and is mistaken for the beast as the boys savagely beat him to death. The storm reflects the boys' savage nature as well as their emotional outburst when they brutally attack Simon.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' William Golding has the boys crash land on an exotic island on the other side of the world. All the way through we get references to luxuriant foliage, coconuts and sunshine so we can presume it is an island that has a fairly tropical climate. Here are some weather quotes from 'Lord of the Flies' that may help:


Chapter 1

'Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun.'

Chapter 3

'amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight Simon found...the fruit they could not reach'


You might like to compare the image of the bees with the title and the very different image of buzzing insects that exists at the beginning of the novel and at the end. There are lots more images which may not refer to the weather but tell us about the climate the exotic plants are thriving in. (Buds,fruits)


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