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Explore the significance of setting in Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 graduated in literature at university and spent the 2nd world war years as a royal naval commander He later became a schoolteacher and it was during this period that Lord of the Flies was published in 1945 Joseph Conrad was born in Poland in 1857 studied top be a naval officer in the merchant navy passing his masters certificate in 1886 He only began writing later after a professional career at sea His book Heart of Darkness was published in 1902 Although over 40 years apart both books are very similar in many respects They both deal with the theme of atavism and use similar environments as a background to the story They both couple an adventure story with the sinister features of human conflict and suffering They use the theme of good verses evil truth verses myth and light verses dark through conflicting characters within the story As we discover from the authors backgrounds each had a professional career in the navy as a commander and we see this influence of the sea playing a significant part in the settings of both books In Lord of the Flies the boys are marooned on a tropical island surrounded by a vast expanse of sea which gives it its uniquely uninhabited location Out there perhaps a mile away the white surf flinked on a coral reef and beyond that the open sea was dark blue Within the irregular arc of coral the lagoon was still as a mountain lake blue of all shades and shadowy green and purple The beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin bow-stave endless apparently describes the tranquillity of a tropical island paradise The initial serenity of the setting and the influence of the sea are also apparent in Heart of Darkness As
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