Weather In Lord Of The Flies

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In Lord of the Flies, there has been a plane crash and boys are left stranded on an island in search for help. Theses boys must create their own society and have it be successful if they want to survive. The author uses language regarding the weather on the island to symbolize the changes in the character’s attitudes and the underlying tension that builds throughout the book. Throughout the book the weather progresses from light to dark and then to light again. The changes in weather and the language used to describe it helps reveal the negative and positive aspects of a society and how working in a civilized manner is the most important aspect of a successful society.
In the beginning of the book, the weather was great and everyone was willing
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From the beginning, Golding describes the weather as what everyone would dream of paradise being like; Also, during this time the children were patient with each other and cooperating to try and make the best of the situation. The weather change is already taking a toll on them because, “They worked therefore with great energy and cheerfulness, though as time crept by there was a suggestion of panic in the energy and hysteria in the cheerfulness” (Golding 130). Golding used words “panic” and “hysteria” to show how the boys are slowly coming into realization of what is really happening. Just after that scene, Ralph states “We can do without ‘em. We’ll be happier now, won’t we?” (Golding 131). It is the beginning of their adventure and the boys are already disconnecting from each other. But it only gets worse; As the storms and darkness roll in they start to argue about the smallest issues and begin to not tolerate one another. As Golding’s language changes to match the darkness of the weather, the children’s behavior turns dark as well. Just before Simon had died, everyone had something negative to say about each other. Just when everyone went off, the island became more of a scary place rather than paradise, “ By early evening the sun had gone and a brassy glare has taken the place of clean daylight... Nothing prospered but the flies who blackened their lord and made the spoilt guys looks like a heap of glistening coal” (Golding 145). Golding used strong words to produce a dark scene:“brooded”, “blackened” and “glistening coal” are all words used to describe the scene. This made it clear that Simon was all for himself since everything was less civilized and disconnected. And since everyone stopped cooperating, Simon died because no one cared for eachother anymore. At the end of the book, the weather starts to get better; the characters

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