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Who were the littluns in Lord of the Flies? 

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jazz90 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2010 at 6:40 PM via web

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Who were the littluns in Lord of the Flies

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 1, 2010 at 12:38 AM (Answer #1)

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In Lord of the Flies, the littluns are the smaller boys on the island.  As stated in the above response, there does not seem to be a definitive age at which the boys are considered either littluns or biguns.  The littluns are characterized as the boys who need to be taken care of by the older boys who assume positions of leadership on the island.  Most of the littluns are not named; however, there are some who are prominent.  For example, Percival is one of the named littluns--he is the smallest boy on the island and he is symbolic of the irrational fear that the boys have of things coming to "get" them.  Percival is often heard crying, and he sets the other littluns on edge.  Another prominent littlun is the boy with the mulberry scar--although he remains unnamed, he is symbolic of the boys' downfall because he goes missing early in the story.

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coolseo | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 31, 2010 at 6:53 PM (Answer #2)

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If you really mean 'Who are the littluns' then the answer is simply that the littluns are the younger boys aged around six years old or so, some a little older. There is no specific age at which boys cease to be littluns and are counted as biguns. Apparently Simon, Roger and Maurice are in the transition area but they are all counted as biguns and their ages are never stated.


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