Lord of the Flies


how is nature and human a theme of this story? how are thwy interrelated?

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This island was an Eden-like setting. Until the boys show up, it is unspoiled. The scar down the mountain heralded the destruction that the boys bring. Nature then acts as a catalyst to turn the boys into something primal. It brings out what Golding feels are the true instincts of the boys. As the boys forget "civilization" they revert to their dark side. Nature provides the setting for them to become who they really are. Nature quickly peels back the veneer of civilization to expose their elemental traits (which are not so nice). Nature also brings out Simon's elemental traits which are quite different. Simon is our Christ- figure. Nature seems to bring his gentle qualities out and, when he dies, nature gently reclaims him (note Golding's use of language).