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by William Golding

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What comparison is implied at the end of the novel?

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In a less literal sense, the discovery of the boys by a man in uniform, embarking from a war ship, relates the situation of the boys on the island to the situation of war in society.  It implies that adult society is just one moment, or one death, away from descending - like the boys did - into a primal state.  Remember that this was written during the cold war, and after the devastation of both World War I and World War II.  Society was being held together by a thread.

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The officers ask if they were reenacting Coral Island. Coral island was about three British boys -Jack, Peterkin, and Ralph, who become shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific. Unlike the boys in this novel, the  three boys are able to work together to create a civilized society. They build adequate shelter, fires, and provide food for themselves. They are able to construct a boat using teamwork, and never resort to savagery, although they do not have an easy time of it.

When the boys are rescued, they return strong and have learned valuable lessons from their time on the deserted island. This is in sharp contrast to this novel, where the reader is left to wonder what type of psychological damage the boys will suffer when they return home. 

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