After the end of the novel Lord of the Flies, what are some ideas for a newpaper article about when the boys return home?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, the boys are rescued by a British naval officer just before Ralph is to be killed.  Because the boys are from a British school where children wear uniforms, the assumption is that their behavior while on the island would conform to British upper class standards.  Golding set this novel in the future implying a terrible war, and the boys will be returning to this world at war, much like the war on the island.  In my opinion, newspaper article ideas could include their fear of never being found after their plane crashed on the island, their use of a signal fire to attract notice, and the use of the conch to keep to democratic rules.  Now, in reality, ideas would be the descent of the boys into the evils of war savagery, the killing of boys by other boys, the superstitions or insanity about the pig's head, the final race of Ralph to save his life, and the comparison between a world at war and an island of boys at war would tell about the real life the children led instead of the cleaned up version of the first three ideas.


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