Whom do Sam and Eric represent in society and why?
As with all questions dealing with symbolism, interpretations are often in the eye of the beholder. Oftentimes I've had this discussion with my classes as we read Lord of Flies. Initially, the characters of Sam and Eric appear as two distinct individuals. As the story progresses, the author refers to them almost collectively as "Sam 'n Eric." I've always taken this to suggest that as their society regresses, so do the boys' individual identities. Referring to the twins in the singular helps the author make the point that the lines that help keep society together are becoming more and more blurred.