Jaime wrote, "I think the boys definitely have to develop an
exoskeleton to protect their soft English interiors."
Would they, then, be parallel with hermit crabs? Is Golding
saying, "This is their real nature"? Or is it more, "There is no
real human nature--the shell shapes the man"?
I like the points about pre-civilized behavior.
Your comparison of the boys to crabs reminds me of a couple
of observations by Steinbeck, first in a letter and then
inThe Log from the Sea of Cortez, written shortly after
"So we go into this happy new year, knowing that our species has
leaned nothing, can as a race learn nothing--that the expeirence of
ten thousand years has made no impression on the insticts of
millions of years that preceded."
"And perhaps our species is not likely to forego war without
some psychic mutation which at present, at least, does not seem
imminent...We have what we are. Perhpahs the crayfish feels
the itch of jealousy or pehaps he is sexually insecure. The
effect is that he fights...So far the murder trait of our species
is as regular and as observable as our sexual habits."