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A reference to The Coral Island, a book written by R.M. Ballantyne, is made by the naval officer at the end of chapter 12. In The Coral Island, a group of boys, two whose names are Ralph and Jack, are dropped off on a deserted island before their plane crashes. The boys are without adult supervision, as in Lord of the Flies; however, the boys act responsible and are able to assume the roles of adults. Whereas Ballantyne created a world full of wonder and adventure, Golding created a world full of doubt and evil. Golding writes about the true nature of the beast, the inherent evil in man.
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