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Lord of the Flies

Allusions to Coral Island
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on 13 September 2013

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
William Golding's novel is a response to...
Coral Island
Brief summary: Three boys, fifteen-year-old Ralph Rover (the narrator), eighteen-year-old Jack Martin and fourteen-year-old Peterkin Gay, are the sole survivors of a shipwreck on the coral reef of a large but uninhabited Polynesian island. At first their life on the island is idyllic; food, in the shape of fruits, fish and wild pigs, is plentiful, and using their only possessions; a broken telescope, an iron-bound oar and a small axe, they fashion a shelter and even construct a small boat.
R.M. Ballantyne
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Ralph is captured by pirates, has an adventure with them on another island, and is reunited with his friends. All of the boys return home safely.
Sources:
1. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, Putnam Publishing Group, 1954
2. Wikipedia. Coral Island entry; Page version: November 2009 at 22:52. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.
"I know. Jolly good show. Like the Coral Island."

Who makes this comment? When?
--->>> In the FIRST CHAPTER we find the following statement...

"We've got to find the others. We've got to do something." Ralph said nothing. Here was a coral island. Protected from the sun, ignoring Piggy's ill-omened talk, he dreamed pleasantly." (page 14)

--->>>Then in the SECOND CHAPTER during the meeting, Ralph says, "It's like in a book." And the boys respond:

"Teasure Island--"
"Swallows and Amzons"
"Coral Island--"
Ralph waved the conch.
"This is our island. It is a good island. Until grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun." (page 35)
What is Coral Island?
What makes Golding's allusions powerful?
The power of allusions...
Golding uses ALLUSIONS to another story that most of his British readers would have known.
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