Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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I have been asked to comment on the question "What drives our need to belong?" in the story The Lord of the Flies. Any suggestions?

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Belonging is a strong theme throughout Lord of the Flies. The book follows a series of power shifts as the boys jockey for social standing and leadership roles. Jack is the character who best exemplifies the drive to belong, even though he is initially the leader of his own group. In leading the rebellion against Ralph , he is taking a stand to resolve the fact that he feels out of place in Ralph's group. When his group gains more members, Jack encourages them to adopt visible signs of belonging to the...

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