How does the novel Lord of the Flies end?

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Things look bleak for Ralph as he tries to avoid the murderous boys who are hunting him in the final chapter of Lord of the Flies. He has already been warned by Samneric that the painted hunters will form a line and converge upon Ralph until he is found; a stick with points on both ends await him when he is eventually discovered. Ralph manages to avoid capture, wounding one hunter and stumbling past another until he rolls out of the thicket onto the beach. When he looks up, instead of finding the hunters converging upon him, he sees a naval officer carrying a revolver

looking down at Ralph in wary astonishment. On the beach behind him was a cutter, her bows hauled up and held by two ratings. In the stern-sheets another rating held a sub-machine gun.
     "Fun and games," said the officer.

Ralph was saved from certain death, and the horrors of life on the island had come to an end. The boys were rescued at last, but

the officer... was moved and a little embarrassed. He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance.

akuhano | Student

The novel end with someone coming to rescue the boys from the island.  He talks to Ralph for a bit, saying:


"I should have thought," said the officer as he visualized the search before him, "I should have thought that a pack of British boys - You're all British, aren't you? - woulc have been able to put up a better show that that - I mean - "



He is ashamed of the boys for letting things get so out of hand, and is daunted by the size of the search for all of the boys that lies ahead.

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