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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What are some insightful questions to ask Jack and Roger from "Lord of the Flies" in a roleplay interview?

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A good interview question leads to insightful and interesting answers from the subject. The question should give the subject an opportunity to explain the way they think, or challenge their views on a particular topic, for example.

In the novel, Jack represents the inherent savage and violent nature of man. He stands in contrast to the more moral and civilized Ralph. As the story goes on, Jack turns to increasingly violent and savage methods to assert power and control. I believe it would be interesting to ask Jack and Roger questions that would cause them to reflect upon, and explain, their violent philosophy and actions.

Here are some interesting questions you might be able to ask Jack and Roger:

1. Why do you think you deserved to lead the boys instead of Ralph?

2. How do you justify your violent actions on the island?

3. Would you do anything differently if you had the chance?

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Is this after they are older?  I am assuming it is after they are rescued.  I would like to ask them exactly what happened on that island.  I would like to ask this because it would be interesting to hear what they would say.  I wonder if they have justifications or excuses?

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I would like to know if these two have any regrets about what they did. Do they feel that they did something wrong in Piggy's death.

I would also like to know how far they feel they were willing to go with Ralph. Would they have killed him? Would they have captured him instead? 

Also, I'd like to know if they were relieved or disappointed to be rescued.

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