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In The Lord of the Flies, what do the boys mean by "a good island"? What could make the...

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Posted March 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM via web

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In The Lord of the Flies, what do the boys mean by "a good island"? What could make the island really be "good" or "bad"  in the sense the boys mean?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM (Answer #1)

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In The Lord of the Flies, the boys mean that the island is a good island because there is food, water, and a means to make shelter for them to survive. It is also good because they are British boys who believe that they will be self sufficient until help arrives. They will be able to organize themselves, figure out what to do to make the best of their situation, and have fun besides.  By itself, the island is not good or bad because an island is just that--a piece of land surrounded by water. Technically, the island could be bad if it had no food on it or any way to create a shelter, or it could be bad if there were people on it before they arrive who would try to kill them.  The boys themselves will make the island bad by their behavior and descent into savagery.

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