Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How did the boys become marooned on the island?

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This has been a problem for many readers and critics. The exact circumstances aren't very plausible. The boys are being evacuated because there's a war going on, and their plane is attacked. But how could the entire plane just disappear? How do the boys get off a burning plane without parachutes or something? Why are there no dead or wounded? It's all pretty far-fetched.

The answer is that you mustn't take the situation literally. Golding is writing a fable , and as such he is at liberty to tweak reality as much as necessary to get his theme across. The important thing to remember is not how they got there, but...

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