Who are the littluns in Lord of the Flies?

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The littluns in William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies are the group of younger boys on the uninhabited island, who are between the ages of six and eight. The littluns are instinctive, vulnerable boys who spend the majority of their days lounging by the pool, eating fruit, and playing. Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric try their best to accommodate and protect the littluns, who begin having nightmares about a terrifying beast on the island. Toward the beginning of the novel, the littlun with the mulberry-colored birthmark is the first to comment on seeing a "beastie" and then tragically dies in an accidental forest fire. While the littluns do not play a significant role in the story, Golding uses them, arguably, to further emphasize that mankind is inherently wicked. Instead of learning from Ralph and Piggy and contributing to a civil society, the littluns act more like savages by choosing to lounge around and play all day.

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In Lord of the Flies, the Littleuns are the young boys who tend to be six or seven years old.  These little boys are characterized by being irresponsible, dirty, ravenous, but still more mature than you would expect for six and seven year olds.  Piggy stresses that they don't know how to take care of themselves as they eat any bit of fruit they find, relieve themselves anywhere they feel like, sleep, play, and do little constructive to help the rest of the boys.  The most notable little boy was the one who was left nameless with the large birthmark on his face.  He was the one who was killed early on in the fire and had announced the fear of the beastie.  Otherwise, there are a variety of other littluns on the island.

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