I would like an analysis of the novel Lord of the Flies as an adventure novel.

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William Golding's Lord of the Flies has many characterisitics of an adventure novel. By definition, an adventure includes elements of risk, excitement, danger, conflict and uncertainty, often creating psychological and physical arousal. Certainly, the novel is chock full of such examples. Stranded on an uninhabited island when their plane crashes, the boys are left to fend for themselves, uncertain when or if they will ever be rescued. The boys experience both fear of the unknown and the excitement of spending a time of frolic and fun on the beach without the intrusion of parents or adults. Conflict arises when there is a dispute over who will lead the boys, and there is danger all around them--especially in the mysterious beast that inhabits the island. They are forced to improvise when it comes to finding food and providing shelter, and they are at the mercy of the natural elements. All of the boys are affected psychologically by their situation, and the physical nature of the hunt brings out the worst in Jack's gang of choir boys. In the end, there is a rescue, but not before the boys experience terror, fear, and even death. 

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