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In Chapter 7 of "Lord of the Flies", why do the boys run from the dead chutist?

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chap12 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2008 at 4:47 PM via web

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In Chapter 7 of "Lord of the Flies", why do the boys run from the dead chutist?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 27, 2008 at 9:47 PM (Answer #1)

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The dead pilot is still attached to his parachute which billows in the wind and looks other worldly. It appears to be "bulging" and then the wind blows and he appears to be looking at them with his "ruin of a face". The boys have been so affected by tales of the "beast" that they become terribly frightened and don't take the time to really look at the body. So, they never recognize its human form. They simply run down the mountain so fast that they even leave their weapons behind. This is an indication of the immaturity of the boys and their lack of rational thought in a moment of so-called crisis. Their decision to run instead of looking closely at the figure will have severe consequences for all the boys.

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