In "Lord of the Flies", what is the "sign" given?
The "sign" that is given is unnoticed by the boys. While they are sleeping, a dogfight occurs above them between planes fighting the war the boys were trying to escape. One of the planes is hit and the pilot ejects and parachutes down to the island. The parachutist dies but they boys are unaware of the entire battle. Later, the dead parachutist is mistaken for "the beast". This reconfirms Golding's theme that the beast is human, or at least part of humanity and the evil the boys exhibit is part of them.