What is the irony of the dead parachutist landing on the mountain in Lord of the Flies?
At the end of chapter 5, Ralph and Piggy lament about their situation on the island and the boys begin wishing there were grown-ups present to keep things civil and stable. Ralph then says,
If only they could get a message to us . . . If only they could send us something grown-up . . . sign or something" (Golding, 133).
Ironically, the boys do receive a sign from the world of adults, but it is ominous in nature and only creates more problems on the island. That night, a paratrooper is shot out of the sky and falls to the island, landing on the top of the mountain near the signal fire. Samneric end...
up seeing the dead paratrooper and mistake the corpse for the beast. When the boys reach the base camp, they share their terrifying experience with the others, which creates more chaos and fear throughout the group of boys. Overall, the situational irony involved when the dead paratrooper falls to the island is that the presumably hopeful "sign" from the world of adults makes the situation much worse for the group of adolescent boys.