I think golding conveys the passage of time through the descriptions of the sun and the boys actions. For example, when he describes the sun like its sitting on a sill, I think he means that the suns setting. Another example is when he describes the temperature changes. When he talks about it getting from warm to cold I think hes talking about the day turning into night. I think the boys ahave been through 3 days together so far. The first, When Ralph blew the conch, the second day when the fire killed the boy and so far the third of buliding shelter and hunting.
Golding conveys the passage of time by talking about the sun, and about their appearance. Golding wrote about the sun setting, which meant a day was ending. when describing Jack, he said "His sandy hair, considerably longer than it had been when they dropped in, was lighter now; and his bare back was a mass of dark freckles and peeling sunburn. . .and except for a pair of tattered shorts held up by his knife belt, he was naked." This makes it appear as if they have been on the island for a while, because hair doesn't grow a lot overnight, and clothing doesn't usually deteriorate overnight either. Based on this, I think the boys have been on the island for about 1 or 2 weeks. Jack still hasn't killed a pig, and Ralph's annoyance with his obssession over pigs would make more sense if they had been there for mare than a few days.
i completely agree with this. Also when it says and peeling sunburn it takes at least a week for a sunburn to start peeling so they have to have been there for more then a week. I agree with victoria.
William Golding conveys the passage of time by incorporating certain dialogue and descriptions of the boys' physical appearances. For instance, in the second paragraph of Chapter 3, it says,"His sandy hair [Jack], considerably longer than it had been when they dropped in, was lighter now; and his bare back was a mass of dark freckles and peeling sunburn." This indicates that enough time had passed for his hair to grow and be bleached by the sun as well as experiencing the after-effects of the sun's rays. On page 50, Ralph, referring to the shelters, explains to Jack, "Been working for days now. And look!" This shows, and I believe that the boys have been here for several days, if not a week.
I feel as though Golding has cleverly made it seem as though there are two separate times going on at the same time. I feel this way because how he tells the story. He tells the story by major events so far there has been three events. Thus making it feel as though three days have gone by because the day of the major event is told throughout the entire day. I know there is another time scale because Ralf had said "Been working for days now. And look!" this implies that they have been there longer than the previously told length of time. So I would say that they have probably been there for about a school week because the older ones are not yet all acting serious.