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In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding the setting had a very strong influence in the actions and attitudes of the characters Setting is the defined in literature as where the story takes place In Lord of the Flies the setting is on a deserted tropical island in the middle of the ocean where a microcosm is able to be established Three specific examples of how setting influenced the actions and attitudes of the characters are The isolation from a civilized world the mysteries of an unfamiliar place and different social types being forced to live with one another How these examples are to be proven will be developed in the following paragraphs Being on an island in the middle of the ocean cut off the life line of a highly civilized society that took hundreds of years to develop Due to the age and experience of the boys such ideals of what it takes to be civilized are not developed to that of an adults When the boys are put in a world without rules punishment and order it leads to a very progressive deterioration of what they have learnt to be civilized Without boundaries from authority figures the boys feel as if they can do what ever they want or as how they put it to have fun In the beginning things where fine An organized society had been formed where Ralph was elected chief and others where assigned specific duties However as time goes by things start to deteriorate the boys are sick of doing their duties and compassion and respect for others is lost all of which make up a civilized society This is highlighted with the Murder of Piggy and Simon The crave for the hunt over being rescued and the demotion of Ralph as chief The mysteries of the island also had a huge impact on the actions of the
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