Lord Of The Flies Setting Analysis

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Analysis of Setting in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was written in 1954 to show how easily the moral code humans are taught from birth can be lost when faced with difficult circumstances. The story is set on a tropical island that seems deserted without evidence of other human life. The setting in a literary work can have a major impact on the development of the characters. In addition, the setting brings forth the underlying conflict in the story. The Lord of the Flies is no different as it is set on a deserted island and involves a group of young boys aged twelve who are stranded after a terrible plane crash. The boys stay on island brings forth both the evil and the goodness in them hence the influence of the setting on the mentality and behavior of the characters. The island is also calm and peaceful evidenced by the line “ Out there perhaps a mile away. The white surf flinked on a coral reef, and beyond that the open sea was dark blue. Within the irregular arc of corral, the lagoon was still a mountain lake-blue of all shades and shadowy green and purple”(Golding 10). William Golding portrays the transformation of characters from good to evil, from once civilized humans to savage beasts to increase their chance of survival and safety. The story is inspired by a terrible plane crash that leaves its occupants stranded on the deserted island. Being of England origin the boys start as innocents as Golding (pg 17)
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