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The Lord of the Flies - In the closing scene, what does the officer’s evaluation of the boy’s experience on the island suggest about the adult world?

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Introduction

In the closing scene, what does the officer's evaluation of the boy's experience on the island suggest about the adult world? Golding's novel, "The Lord of the Flies", shows the way children act and think in a way that has never been seen in another novel. It shows the reality of how children would truly behave if they were stranded on a deserted island. In many novels kids are portrayed as being innocent and benign, because that is what most adults think of kids. This is a mistake made by adults because kids are not so innocent and harmless as they believe. ...read more.

Middle

The soldier asks Ralph sarcastically, "What have you been doing? Having a war or something", "Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?", he asks this as a joke but the answer was nothing to laugh about. The soldier is shocked by the answer Ralph gives him, leaving him perplexed by the answer. The soldier thought that all the time they were in the island they were playing and having fun when actually the things the kids lived in there, all of the good and the bad ones, will mark them for the rest of their lives. The adult world underestimates the children's potential of doing good and of doing evil. ...read more.

Conclusion

The adult world would have never guessed that the kids would become savages and that they would start to kill each other. They expected the kids to behave like they are supposed to. As stated before and as proven by the conversation Ralph had with the soldier, kids are underestimated and they are believed to be very innocent and ignorant by the adult world, but in fact they are capable of doing things unimaginable to adults. The evaluation the officer made of the boys' experience in the island shows how little adults know about reality of kids and how confident they are that kids are not capable of perpetrating evil things such as murdering. Pedro Ferrer 10/17/02 English 10th Grade ...read more.

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