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In "Lord of the Flies," how do the boys come to be on the island?

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poohhead3 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2008 at 12:05 AM via web

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In "Lord of the Flies," how do the boys come to be on the island?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 5, 2008 at 12:09 AM (Answer #1)

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The boys, British schoolchildren, were in a plane that was shot down and crashed on a deserted island.  The "shooting down" of the plane is to let the audience know that this is a time of war.

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soccergal | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2008 at 8:30 AM (Answer #2)

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The scene at the very beginning of the book is during one of the world wars. As a bunch of British school children were flying on an airplane in order to escape the warefare their plane was shot down. I believe that it tore the plane in half, sending one part into the ocean and one onto the island since if you read the details only part of the plane was there.

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