In "Lord of the Flies", what dangers will the boys face when the navy returns them to the civilized world?We know they faced many dangers while on the island, what are some dangers they face now...

In "Lord of the Flies", what dangers will the boys face when the navy returns them to the civilized world?

We know they faced many dangers while on the island, what are some dangers they face now that they are going to be returned to the civilized world?

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kkosach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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The boys have been living in a dystopia.  They think that, by being rescued, they are returning to a utopia.  The problem is that they are returning to a world at war--the society of which their island "paradise" has been a microcosm.  Expecting to return to order and form is futile: the boys return home to the danger of their fathers, brothers, uncles, and grandfathers being an extension of what the boys' devolution on the island entails. In short, the danger is that there is no escaping the true nature of man, no matter how old you are or how far you go. The boys are in equal if not more danger at home as away.

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They will also be returning to a world in the midst of war. They will have to deal with the reality of attacks on their country, while facing the changes the war may have wrought on their family and homeland. The older boys may face a draft within the next few years, and what they experienced on the island may return on the battlefield. Also, they will face a forced return to normal life. For many of them, especially the littluns, this may mean a complete re-education. For example, Percival can no longer remember his name or address. Many children may face the struggles of learning how to write again, or simply remembering who they are.

Finally, some of the boys may be permanently scarred by what they experienced or helped happen on the island. Jack may be saved by therapy and guidance, but where would a boy like Roger fit in? He already exhibited violent tendencies, and he has now participated in 2 deaths, not to mention the brutal killing of the pig. While adults may never find out about these events, it would be difficult for Roger to lead a normal life after having shown sociopathic behavior. Most of these boys face a danger of never returning to their old selves. They will be haunted by what took place on the island long after they leave.

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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First and foremost, it is entirely possible that some of the boys will face a criminal trial to determine if they are guilty of murder. Having lived in the wild and given expression to their basest instincts, they may suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (what might have in that era still been referred to as 'shell shock'), and may also be unable to come to terms with the depths of anger and aggression that were unleashed for many of them. Many of them may also be haunted by guilt fo rtheir brutal and cruel behavior.

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