Lord of the Flies – Island Desciption


The following are an illustration and quotes describing the island from Lord of the Flies:

  1. Beach/Forest: “He kept back onto the terrace, pulled off his shirt, and stood there among the skull-like coco-nuts with green shadows from the palms and the forest sliding over his skin” (4).
  2. The Platform: “Here, the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty 4 feet high” (6).
  3.  The Platform: “The top of this was covered with a thin layer of soil and coarse grass and shaded with young palm trees. There was not enough soil for them to grow to any height and when they reached perhaps 20 feet they fell and dried” (7).
  4. The sea/coral: “He picked his way to the seaward edge of the platform and stood looking down into the water. It was clear to the bottom and bright with the efflorescence of tropical weed and coral” (7).
  5. The Scar: “He looked up and down the scar. ‘And this is what the cabin done.’ The fair boy reached out and touched the jagged end of a trunk. For a moment he looked interested. ‘What happened to it?’ he asked. ‘Where’s it got to now?’ ‘That storm dragged it out to sea. It wasn’t half dangerous with all them tree trunks falling. There must have been some kids still in it.’ He hesitated for a moment, then spoke again” (8).
  6. The Jungle: “Ralph disentangled himself cautiously and stole away through the branches. In a few seconds the fat boy’s grunts were behind him and he was hurrying toward the screen that still lay between him and the lagoon. He climbed over a broken trunk and was out of the jungle” (10).
  7. The Beach: “The shore was fledged with palm trees. These 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 a bank covered with coarse grass, torn everywhere by the upheavals of fallen trees, scattered with decaying coconuts and palm saplings. Behind this was the darkness of the forest proper and the open space of the scar” (10).
  8. The Beach: “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 coral the lagoon was still as a mountain lake—blue of all shades and shadowy green and purple” (10).
  9. The Scar: “beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea” (26,27).
  10. The Beach: “the beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin bow-stave” (4).

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