In Lord of the Flies, what is the author saying about the society from which Maurice came? (refer to the quote below) "Now, though there was no parent to let fall a heavy hand, Maurice still felt the unease of wrongdoing. At the back of his mind formed the uncertain outlines of an excuse. he muttered something about a swim and broke into a trot."

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In chapter four, Maurice and Roger run onto the beach, where the littluns are playing, and Maurice throws sand in Percival's eyes. As Maurice runs away, Percival begins to whimper, and Golding writes,

In his other life Maurice had received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand. Now, though there was no parent to let fall a heavy hand, Maurice still felt the unease of wrongdoing. At the back of his mind formed the uncertain outlines of an excuse. He muttered something about a swim and broke into a trot (84).

Golding is commenting on civilization and how Maurice would have been chastised for unnecessarily harming another person. In the society where Maurice was raised, rules and regulations were in place to prevent individuals from harming others. Civilization is founded...

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