Explain the boys that appear out of the jungle in William Golding's Lord of the Flies.  

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William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies is set on a tropical island, and the characters are English schoolboys who have survived an airplane crash which deposits them there. The morning after the crash, the boys begin emerging from the jungle.

Ralph is the first boy to appear, followed by Piggy. After the two of them find the conch shell and Ralph blows it, the rest of the boys begin to gather. The first to arrive are a bunch of younger boys, who come to be known as littluns; and then a strange sight appears.

Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along. Ralph saw it first, and watched till the intentness of his gaze drew all eyes that way. Then the creature stepped from mirage on to clear sand, and they saw that the darkness was not all shadow but mostly clothing. The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing. Shorts, shirts, and different garments they carried in their hands; but each boy wore a square black cap with a silver badge on it. Their bodies, from throat to ankle, were hidden by black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast and each neck was finished off with a ham-bone frill.

What at first appeared to be some giant, moving creature was actually a group of boys all wearing black caps and cloaks. When they arrive at the meeting place, the leader, Jack, announces that this is his choir and he is the head choirboy. Once Jack allows them to, the boys take off their uniforms and sink to the sand, hot and tired from marching.

Later, the choirboys (minus Simon) will become hunters, and finally they will become the key members of Jack's savage tribe. 

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