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How Does Golding Make The Physical World Seem Important In Lord Of The Flies?

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Through out the book, William Golding uses description of the physical world to illustrate the different personalities of the main characters of the book; different light and sound effects are used for this purpose. Also, Golding descriptions of the natural world found in the island are used to hint the fact that there is also evil hidden in the overall beauty of the landscape. I believe that more than just trying to give us an impression that the island was already "dark" and "evil", he is trying to show that there is a balance of forces between this and the "light" we also find. I guess that his purpose is to show that different kinds of people tend to move the balance towards one of this "forces", allowing one of the two to take over or, if there are two people trying to move the balance in different directions, for chaos and conflict to develop.Since the beginning of the book, Golding shows us how nature has got both a beautiful and an evil side: "palm trees"¦ stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air. The ground beneath them was"¦ covered with coarse grass, torn everywhere by"¦ the fallen trees, scattered with decaying coco-nuts" Life and beauty, represented by the "light" and the almost mythical image of the "green feathers" that covered the palm trees, show us the exuberant images that the island was covered on. At the same time, the same picture contains words and images that reminds us of death and of the evil that is also contained in nature; the "decaying coco-nuts" is an example. This is just one of then numerous times that Golding uses this to illustrate the two sides of things. Also in chapter one we have got "the skull like coco-nuts" and ,in chapter two, when the "litluns" are feeling the "late smart of the sunburn" showing us how the enjoyable sun can also be dangerous, and many others. Is a way of reminding us that the world (because that us what the island is, I think, a mini representation of the world) has got its good side and its dangerous side, both which are inherent and natural, both needed to make us conscious of the presence of the other.In addition, we have got how the characters react towards the world, what helps us to understand more of their personalities. At the end of chapter one there is a very representative paragraph that more or less summarises how the attitudes of three of the main characters (Simon, Ralph and Jack) will be. It is to do of how they react towards some "green buds" they find at the top of the mountain: Simon's reaction is the most sensitive one "Like candles. Candle bushes. Candle buds." he says. "You couldn't light them" said Ralph. "They just look like candles" Jack, seeing no use of the flowers "slashed at one his knife" and "contemptuously" said: "Green candles, we can't eat them. Come on". From this series of reactions we can see that Simon is the most sensitive one, the one that tries to see beyond the...

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