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Which of the following is the BEST explanation of the significance of the passage below?

By early evening the sun had gone and a brassy glare had taken the place of clear daylight. Even the air that pushed in from the sea was hot and held no refreshment. Colors drained from water and trees and pink surfaces of rock, and the white and brown clouds brooded. Nothing prospered but the flies who blackened their lord and made the spilt guts look like a heap of glistening coal.


It contrasts the power of the approaching storm with Simon's physical weakness, as seen through his propensity for fainting spells.


It uses heat imagery to showcase the build up of tension between the Lord of the Flies and the boys on the island.


It describes the approach of a particular kind of stifling, oppressive darkness in which only dark, evil things will thrive.


A & B


A, B & C

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