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What is the "scar" that is repeatedly mentioned in "Lord of the Flies"?

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cmvanhorn123 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 10, 2009 at 2:55 AM via web

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What is the "scar" that is repeatedly mentioned in "Lord of the Flies"?

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted August 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM (Answer #1)

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The scar is the damage done to the jungle by the plane wreckage. It serves as a reminder of the boys' forced presence on the island, as their crash has permanently changed the appearance of the island.

It serves as a symbol for evil as well. The island was untouched by man before they arrived, but now carries a visible wound. The arrival of humans has brought a blight upon the land. Similarly, each human carries a "visible wound"- the ability to carry out evil. It reflects that we each carry evil within ourselves, which can be inflicted on the world around us.  

Finally, it foreshadows the division of the boys. Just as their plane carved and scarred the jungle, the eruption of violence and savagery will carve and scar their fragile society.

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