Two separate illustrations of an animal head and a fire on a mountain

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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How can an alternate interpretation of a section of Lord of the Flies be written, perhaps focusing on the disappearance of the littlun with the birthmark?

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First, this sounds like a most interesting and challenging assignment. (Congratulate your teacher for his/her creativity.) Secondly, I think your suggestion about Roger murdering the marked littlun is an excellent idea and may be a better choice than anything I can suggest. Just thinking off the top of my head:

  • What if an adult had survived (the pilot, for example); he would be the chief. Would the boys have followed him or revolted in much the same way they did?
  • What if Ralph had been a bit friendlier and more receptive to Piggy's personality and ideas? What would have been his fate?
  • How about a continuation of the ending? What kind of prologue would you write?

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