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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 "We're on an island, We've been on the mountaintop and see water all round. We saw no houses, no smoke, no footprints, no boats, no people. We're on an uninhabited island with no other people on it." (32) "Flower and fruit grew together on the same tree and everywhere was the scent of ripeness and the booing of a million bees at pasture." (56) "He came at last to a place where more sunshine fell. Since they had not so far to go for light the creepers had woven a great mat that hung at the side of an open space in the jungle; for here a patch of rock came close to the surface and would not allow more than little plants and ferns to grow. The whole spacewas walked with dark aromatic bushes, and was a bowl of heat and light. A great tree, fallen across one corner, leaned against the tree that still stood and a rapid climber flaunted red and yellow sprays to the top." (56) This physical setting is important because they use this often for meetings and this is where they all first met each other. "The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon." (1) This is in the beginning of the book where everything that they saw seemed so beautiful and it was like they were in paradise. This part is describing the time that Simon first came into his hiding place. The description of the hiding place sounds really peaceful like the first part of the book. Lord of the Flies: Physical SettingBy: Cole Carmouche This is important to the physical setting of the book because they realize that there was not anyone on the island right now or ever. The boys just arrived on the island after the plane crash. You can notice that they are on a rocky and mountain like area because he is lowering himself from the rock. You can also tell that the place is in a forest because he has to pick his way to the lagoon. "Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the ladscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust up compromisingly through forest and terrance and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high." (12) "The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise, something about a body on the hill. The beast struggled forward, broke the ring, and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water." (152) Simon dies from falling from the steep end of the rock onto the sand. This was after getting beaten by everyone because they thought he was the beast. Simon was then washed into sea "The rock bounded twice and was lost in the foreset. Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy's arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig's after its been killed. Then the sea breathed agian in a long, slow sigh, the water boiled white and pink over the rock; and when it went sucking back agian, the body of Piggy was gone." (181) Piggy dies on the square red rock in the sea. He fell 40 feet after being hit by a big rock that roger rolled. Piggy then got sucked into the sea. "At last he found what seemed to him the right place though the decision was desperate. Here,bushes and a wild tangle ofcreeper made a mat that kept out all the light of the sun. Beneath it was a space, perhaps a foot high,though it was pierced everywhere by parallel and rising stems." (197) This is where Ralph desperately needed to hide. The best thing about this hiding spot was that it had a mat of creepers and bushes that would block the light, but it had a gap between it and the ground. "The fire reahed the coconut palms by the beach and swallowed them noisily. A flame, seemingly detached, swung like an acrobat and licked up the pal heads on the platform .The sky was black." (200) The whole island will soon be on fire. Right now the fire is eating up the coconut palm trees and it at the platform. "On the beach behind him was a cutter, her bows hauled up and held by two ratings. In the stern-sheets another rating held a sub-machine gun." (200) This is when they noticed that there was an officer on the beach with a cutter on the beach also. I think this also foreshadows a physical setting by telling the readers that they are going home. Through out "Lord of the Flies" William Golding uses changes in how the physical setting is described and looks. Golding uses this method as a symbol of the characters civilization in the book. Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Penguin, 2003. Print.
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