This essay reviews the first chapter of the novel made by a Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding titled "Lord of the Flies".
In Lord of the Flies the island is displayed as a paradise with no parents, beautiful scenery and freedom, but soon it becomes apparent that this may not be the ideal life.
In the book, the lagoon is described as an ‘incredible pool’ that was like ‘swimming in a hot bath’. This is heaven for the boys who are absolutely roasting from the heat of the island itself. Ralph is obviously excited about the freedom of the island as we takes all his clothes off and is not interested in organisation as there are no parents around the island to stop them. Again the boys must think this is great having no adults around to tell them otherwise. In the book, one some of the boys go on a hunt. They come across beautiful plants and bushes full of little buds that resembles candles. Again here the island is made out to be a paradise but everything all seems to be contrasted as the story unfolds.
The island seems perfect like the garden of Eden but we soon come across the scar across the land caused by the plain crash which seems to spoil the amazing landscape. Also the fruit on the island is a blessing to them as then could use it as their main source of food, but after a short while we find out that the fruit upsets their stomach and soon the boys come to realise that this freedom may not be all it seems. We come across new characters who seem to corrupt the peace of the island and these boys are jack and the choir. They seem to form their own little group separate from the rest of the boys.
In conclusion I believe that this contrast and separation comes down to Goldings theory of the darkness of mans heart. This is the idea that humans will always be pulled towards sin and without guidance will turn evil.