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The Island

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Ryan Sheridan

on 21 February 2013

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Transcript of The Island

By: William Golding Lord Of The Flies The Island Quotation #2 Overview Quotation #4 Quotation #1 What does the island symbolize? "He gave himself up to them now for the first time on the island; great, shuddering spasms of grief seemed to wrench his whole body" (Golding 202.) By: Ryan Sheridan and Mike Solberg We believe that the island symbolizes the change that occurs in the boys. “The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers glimmering under the light that
pricked down from the first stars. Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of
the island” (Golding 57). This quote is explaining the island through the senses of the boys when they were still new to it. The quote describes how beautiful the island is as well as the sweet smells it has to offer. At this moment the boys are fond of the idea that they are alone with no adults to tell them what to do and their chances of being rescued are very high. Right now the island is a paradise. What we mean by that is... At the beginning, the island seems like a paradise. But when reality strikes that their chances of being rescued is low, their perspective of the island changes. The island turns into something much darker, it becomes a totally different place. This quote shows that no matter who you are and how long you hold out, the island will eventually make you succumb to it. The group is starting to feel trapped by the islands confines. Quotation #3 What we think the flowers would look like. The dream turns into a nightmare. The island never really did change physically (except by being set on fire). It was really the boy's perspective towards the island that was changing. The view of the island that started as a beautiful paradise, but transformed to a dangerous confinement. The boys went from innocent kids to savages, a similar transformation to the island "It was roughly boat-shaped: humped neat this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore. On either side rocks, cliffs, treetops, and a steep slope: forward there, the length of the boat, a tamer descent, tree-clad, with hints of pink: and then jungly flat of the island, dense with green..."(Golding 29) This quote describes how vast the island is. The boys realize the island isn't just a beach with some water to play in. The boys feel good about what they see, Ralph even says "This belongs to us"(Golding 29). He makes it sound like the island is some sort of blessing, like they are lucky to be there. The boys are still optimistic of being rescued, and that the island is a huge source of opportunity. Still a paradise, but bigger and more complex. "He saw a shelter burst into flames and the fire flapped at the right of his shoulder and there was the glitter of water. Then he was down, rolling over and over in the warm sand, crouching with arm to ward off, trying to cry for mercy"(Golding 200). This quote shows how Ralph is feeling. The island was set on fire to smoke out Ralph, making him run for his life. The island seems like a death trap to him, and he realizes the vacation is over and the paradise is gone. He wanted nothing more than to leave this place. Most of the groups views on the island changed entirely.
An example of an island fire.
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