Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In Lord of the Flies, why does Ralph begin to sob/cry when he saw the naval officer?

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Different readers are certainly welcome to provide their own personal reasons as to why Ralph and the other boys cry at the end of the book. Personally, I think Ralph cries for three specific reasons. I believe that the first reason that Ralph cries is because of sheer relief. I believe that he has been holding back tears for weeks on end. He's in an unknown place and unsure of whether or not he'll survive. Then add to that the entire chaos that is the Jack and beast situation. The officer represents salvation from the horror that has become the island, and I think Ralph sobs out of sheer relief and happiness at having finally been rescued. I think the second reason is related to standard grief and sadness. Simon, Piggy , and the...

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