Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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At one point in Lord of the Flies, Ralph fears capture by "the Reds." Who are the Reds?

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In Chapter 10, there is a deep division between Jack and Ralph, and tensions are building to a climax. They have already taken part, either directly or indirectly, in Simon's murder, and Piggy and Ralph especially are feeling unsettled by the apparent declining morals of the entire group. As they talk, Ralph notes, "We might get taken prisoner by the Reds." The use of a proper noun here directs us to history.

After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the Soviet Communist government created the Red Army. Therefore, Ralph is noting the tensions that exist in his world where Britain has entered a war against Communist Russia. Ralph is afraid that if they are found and rescued, it will be by the enemy of their own country.

Eric notes that even this would "be better than—" but never finishes his thought. The implication is that being a...

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