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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding
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In Lord of the Flies, what is the meaning of the "huts on the beach"?

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The huts on the beach represent order and civilization. The children must discipline themselves to build them, to use proper latrines, and to follow other rules. Ralph is a leader in this regard, but the children instead want to play. When Ralph tries to talk seriously to the children in...

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The huts on the beach represent order and civilization. The children must discipline themselves to build them, to use proper latrines, and to follow other rules. Ralph is a leader in this regard, but the children instead want to play. When Ralph tries to talk seriously to the children in Chapter 5, to get them to “shape up” so that there is some order on the island, he reminds them that he and Simon were the only two that participated in building all three of the huts. The huts give them a sense of community within, a place together to be safe from everything they fear in the night, which is darkness and the “beast” they think within it.

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