Why is the answer to Ralph's wish depressingly ironic?

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At the end of Chapter Five ("Beast from Water") of Lord of the Flies, Ralph laments that "If only they could get a message to us... If only they could send us something grownup... a sign or something." Ralph and the boys get their wish the next morning. During the night, a dogfight takes place in the sky above, and one of the planes is shot down. The dead pilot drifts to the island below, still strapped in his parachute. He becomes the mysterious "Beast from Air"--the grownup that Ralph has wished for. However, the beast only causes fear and confusion among the boys, a bitter reminder that even though some wishes come true, they do not always come in the expected way. 

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