What are the main boys' feelings about their experience on the island?Please provide page numbers from the book.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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"'I mean it,' whispered Piggy.  'If we don't get home soon we'll be barmy."

'Round the bend.'

'Bomb happy.'

'Crackers'" (165). 

Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric all sense that their experiences on the island are wearing them down psychologically, or as they would put it, making them "barmy."  In the chapter, "The Shell and the Glasses," Golding presents the readers with details that suggest the boys on the beach, particularly Ralph, have begun to lose their focus on rescue.  In the middle of his conversation with Piggy and Samneric about rescue, Ralph becomes confused, as if a "curtain flapped in his head and he forgot what he had been driving at" (163).  The general consensus among the more 'civilized' boys about their collective experiences on the island would probably be that they have had enough and are ready to go home.  Simon's death was a brutal indicator that the island is no longer just fun and games.

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