What are two issues/points raised in "Lord of the Flies" that I can use to compose two separate letters to the editor.What are two issues/points raised in "Lord of the Flies" that I can...

What are two issues/points raised in "Lord of the Flies" that I can use to compose two separate letters to the editor.

What are two issues/points raised in "Lord of the Flies" that I can use to compose two separate letters to the editor.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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How about the issue of blindness?  Only Simon, Piggy, and Ralph are actually able to "see" what is happening to the boys on the island.  These are also the three who are targeted by Jack as the ones who must go...each for a different reason.  Piggy also can only "see" with his glasses which are broken and then stolen from him in the story since they are useful for starting fire.

One question my students always ask me when we read this novel is, "Do you think the same things would happen if these were girls instead of boys?"  Of course, I don't know the answer, but my gut feeling is they would not.  It's an interesting issue to explore, however.

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Many issues are raised in "Lord of the Flies" so it should be enjoyable to choose those that interest you! First of all, the large issue is the nature of evil and the ease which civilization can resort back into savagery. The case of Ralph and Jack and the deterioration of the children's morals proves this. Another interesting issue is how children learn from adults. That is, the savagery of the children is a microcosm (smaller world) than reflects that of the adult world at the time, the macrocosm (larger world) which is at war and teaching savagery. More ideas could question why people don't become better in times of crisis. Follow enotes links as there are many more suggestions for your question!

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