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What do you think is the significance of 'the world of grown ups' in the novel up to the end of chapter 6?

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What do you think is the significance of 'the world of grown ups' in the novel up to the end of chapter 6? Ralph fears he is losing control of the others and is hoping for the restoration of order. "If only they could send us something grownup... a sign or something" With no order or control, he feels they are starting to become anarchic and appear to be more interested in hunting than keeping the fire going, which is their only hope of rescue. However, in the next chapter, "a sign came down from the world of the grownups, though at the time there was no child awake to read it." The sign was a parachutist landing on the mountain top. ...read more.


No grownups!" This illustrates that Ralph and Piggy clearly have different opinions on their current situation. The younger boys are convinced that there's a "beastie" on the island because of the things they keep seeing in the jungle which could possibly resemble a beast, such as the creepers in the trees looking similar to a snake. "The beastie, the beastie or the snake-thing." The fears of the younger children are starting to affect the older boys, who believe that if there were grown ups on the island the younger ones wouldn't be as scared. Ralph longs for a grown up presence and someone to take control of their current situation and bring order to their predicament. ...read more.


They go to the one place on the island that Jack hasn't explored which is a cave. When they get there Ralph volunteers to go and look inside, but as he nears the entrance to the cave Jack says he will join him. This shows they can cooperate and act in a more mature fashion. "Jack was edging along the edge... Couldn't let you do it on your own." In conclusion the grown up world is significant because at first the boys enjoy the fact that there are no authority figures. The novelty soon wears off as their society starts to break down. When the other boys start to disregard Ralph's authority such as not tending the fire, not collecting fresh drinking water and defecating where the fresh fruit grows. This is when they start to long for a grown up to take control. Lewis Morrison - English Homework Lewis Morrison - English Homework ...read more.

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