Lord of the Flies Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What events have led to the boys’ arrival on the island in Lord of the Flies?

It is a time of war. The reader learns from conversation between Ralph and Piggy that their school in England was in an area of conflict during wartime. They were being evacuated when their plane was attacked, and the boys were dropped on the island along with the passenger cabin.

2. Who are the first characters introduced in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”? How are they described?

In the first chapter, we first meet Ralph and a fat boy who has been called Piggy at school. Ralph does not bother to learn the boy’s name, but he begins to refer to the boy as Piggy, too. Ralph is clearly one of those boys at school who is popular and does not feel the need to be kind to anyone.

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