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

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What is a plausible alternate ending for Lord of the Flies?

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The British naval officer's arrival at the end of the novel is considered a deus ex machina, which prevents Ralph from being brutally slaughtered by Jack and his group of savages. A plausible alternative ending to the story could involve Ralph stumbling onto the beach, only to be captured by Jack and his band of savages. Similar to the purposed fate indicated by Samneric, Jack would proceed to decapitate Ralph and place his head on a stake as a sacrifice to the beast. Another plausible alternative ending could be the arrival of Ralph's father. Earlier in the story, Ralph told the other boys that his father was in the Navy and would surely find them. It would be interesting to read how Golding would reunite Ralph with his father, who would more than likely struggle to initially recognize his own son. Another alternative ending could involve the boys struggling to survive the forest fire. After Jack attempts to smoke Ralph out of his hiding spot, the entire island becomes engulfed in flames as Ralph runs through the burning forest. It is highly unlikely that the boys would be able to stop the fire, which would completely decimate the island. Without fruit or pigs to eat, the savages would turn on each other and the situation would become even more chaotic and dark.

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An alternate ending could be that when Ralph stumbled on the beach, he didn't find a British officer who saved him. Instead, the boys chasing him caught up to him and formed a circle as they chanted, "Kill the beast, cut his throat, bash him in." Eventually, they would be so overcome with brutality that they would kill Ralph. Jack would then behead him and put his head on a stake. This act would then give complete power to Jack because no one else would defy him. 

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