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Lord of the Flies Chapter 1: What does Ralph's dad do?

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mryd | Student | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted April 20, 2009 at 3:05 AM via web

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Lord of the Flies Chapter 1: What does Ralph's dad do?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 19, 2009 at 10:07 PM (Answer #1)

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Ralph's father works in the navy. On page 13 in my edition we see that Ralph drops this into his conversation with Piggy, perhaps slightly boasting, to answer Piggy's question about how he learnt to swim so well:

"I could swim when I was five. Daddy taught me. He's a commander in the Navy. When he gets leave he'll come and rescue us..."

This perhaps foreshadows Ralph's leadership at the beginning of the novel, and also his role as the representative of civilisation and order in this work. We can also see his youthful optimism at a quick rescue, his dependence on "grown ups" and his inability to see that this experience is not something that they will be rescued from quickly.

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