Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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To what extent do obligations and responsibilities affect those on the island? Include quotes from the text.

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This is a key question for Golding's novel. After the plane crash, the boys are alone and unsupervised on the island, which means that all external obligations and responsibilities are absent. How the boys will act is what Golding explores.

In the opening pages, Ralph and Piggy meet, and Ralph states, with enthusiasm: "No grownups!" (8). Adults represent authority and the social structure, and the boys are initially excited, if anxious, that they are in charge of themselves. Ralph and Piggy, along with Simon , who represents...

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