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Lord of the Flies - In what ways have the boys made a positive start to their stay on the island in this passage? How are we made aware, however, of problems which might occur in the future?

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Lord of the Flies In what ways have the boys made a positive start to their stay on the island in this passage? How are we made aware, however, of problems which might occur in the future? From the passage it is clear that the boys, stranded on the island, have done many positive things to make their stay on the island as enjoyable as possible under the circumstances. At the very beginning of the passage it is evident that Ralph has a high status and that he has much power. A meeting is being called and we are told that there have been at least one meeting prior to this one. Therefore from the opening few paragraphs we learn that the boys have devised a way of bringing order to the island. During the meeting Ralph sat on a 'fallen trunk' whereas everyone else 'squatted before him'. This tells us that he is seen as a leader and is respected. Ralph is in control of the group and that they all admire him. Ralph has many leadership qualities; he is practical, realistic and serious. ...read more.

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It's like a book. Treasure Island, Swallows and Amazons, Coral Island'. Ralph gives the boys something to dream about and with this he raises their hopes of being rescued. When the boy with the 'mulberry-coloured birthmark' spoke to the group it indicated that, even though he was laughed at, he was still listened to and so would have anyone else. This shows fairness among the boys and that everyone will have their say. When reading the passage the first problem that I am made aware of is the fact that they boys, who until now have been naked, have become sun burnt. This symbolizes that the island, even from the very beginning, has never fully been on their side and that they are not at home on it. The island has hurt them; 'Feeling too late the smart of the sunburn, had put their clothes on'. The boys are na�ve to the ways of the island and have been made to suffer because of it. The fact that they put on their clothes indicates that they still need that small feeling of civility. Considering that they are still in need of this one would think that to stay on the island would be a very difficult task to complete. ...read more.

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harmless but when in the hands of someone else it could be used to gain power and in a very dangerous manor. As a result of Piggy's speech the group are all shocked by the extremity of their situation; 'The silent was so complete that they could hear the fetch and miss of Piggy's breathing'. To ease the tension and to raise spirits Ralph tell the group that they are on an adventure on a 'good island'. He also compares it to books. This can be interpreted in two ways. It can be a positive move forward because he is giving them some excitement as well as taking their minds of their situation. On the other hand Ralph could be making the boys realise the reality of the circumstances. This could be a major problem later on because it will constantly be plaguing their minds. When considering the passage as a whole I can conclude that the boys have made a very positive start to their stay on the island. They have acted like adults but also as children. I think this is a very suitable combination under the circumstances. However they have also triggered off some problems that could expand greatly in the future. ...read more.

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