Children Are Unconditionally Associated With Destruction And Death

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Throughout the entirety of the novel, the children are unconditionally associated with destruction and death, an association that only grows stronger as the novel continues. Even their very presences are associated with as much—the crash that leaves them stranded on the island was so severe that the damage left in its wake can only be referred to as a “scar,” which “jutted through the lagoon” and “left a gash visible in the trees,” something distinctly separate from the natural beauties on the island, from “the falls and cliffs,” the slopes, the gullies, and the flowers... (Golding 29) It 's alienated from every natural, beautiful thing on the island, treating it like some reprehensible disfigurement of it; and given that the scar is treated as if it 's some sort of blight on the island when it might as well be the origin of the children, their birthplace. That connection to the scar—to something so ugly—is inextricable, and that the children (and all of humanity, truthfully) had a hand in its creation simply because of their existences presents a rather sinister preconception of the children, given that association with such a deformity so early on in the novel shines a negative light upon all the children, before one could have any concrete understanding of who they are. While that on its own could be excused as a coincidence, the longer they spend on the island, the more instances like that develop, such as how the children quite literally have to kill to…

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