Where did William Golding write Lord of the Flies?
In 1935 Golding took a position teaching English and philosophy at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury. Golding's experience teaching unruly young boys would later serve as inspiration for his novel Lord of the Flies.
Why does Ralph decide to escape?
Ultimately, he feels he has the following options for escape: He considers breaking the line, climbing a tree, or hoping they will pass. None of these are attractive alternatives for him. He decides to hide and retreats into what used to be Simon's secret place.
Does Ralph survive?
As Simon predicts when he tells Ralph, “You'll get back all right,” Ralph does survive, barely. Toward the end of the novel, Jack and his tribe hunt Ralph in order to kill him. Some of the boys even start a fire to smoke Ralph out of hiding.
Why does Jack cry in Lord of the Flies?
Jack has led the hunt which has caused Ralph to run for his life. Jack has been jealous of Ralph since they were stranded on the island. Truly, Jack has lost his sense of what is right and wrong. For this reason, Ralph cries.
Why is the fire at the end of the novel ironic?
So: a fire which is supposed to doom Ralph actually brings him salvation. And it is a fire set as a result of the boys' descent into barbarism that brings civilization back to the island. There is then further irony in the "civilized" nature of the officer who comes to rescue them.
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