Foreshadowing In Lord Of The Flies

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Meanwhile, to foreshadow an event in the novel that resembles the Fall, Golding uses a pessimistic tone throughout the description of the setting of Lord of the Flies (Dodson 25). To demonstrate, one line of the setting description in Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies states, “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” (Golding 5). Golding uses sinisterly elegant imagery and diction with negative connotations such as “coarse”, “torn”, or “scattered” here and throughout much of the setting description to create a pessimistic tone that ominously foreshadows the destruction of this paradise setting.
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In the Bible, the Fall of man occurs when a character named Eve disobeys God’s command of, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” by eating the forbidden fruit when the serpent tempts her and corrupts the world with sin (New International Version, Genesis 2:16-17). Correspondingly, all the boys in Lord of the Flies are assumed to be free to eat from a bounty of fruit like in the Garden of Eden because: “They ate most of the day, picking fruit where they could reach it” (Golding 77). However, a boy named Jack starts to become enticed by food other than the free fruit given to him like Eve. After an encounter with a pig, Jack starts to crave the idea of meat and at the mention of the “snake-thing” declares, “There isn’t a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it. We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody” (Golding 44). From that moment forth, Jack starts to lose his young innocent British schoolboy image and slowly turns into a savage. He breaks the rules of good British propriety by hunting instead of helping carry out important tasks, kills a pig for the first time, breaks away from the original group of boys, paints his face like a savage, and instigates the murder of other boys on the island. Jack, once respectable leader of the

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