Lord of the Flies

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Adults Symbol Analysis

Adults Symbol Icon
Adults symbolize civilization and social order to the boys. But to the reader, the world war raging outside the island makes it clear that the adult "civilization" is as savage as the boys' "civilization" on the island.
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Adults Symbol Timeline in Lord of the Flies

The timeline below shows where the symbol Adults appears in Lord of the Flies. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Human Nature Theme Icon
...were in was shot down and crash landed on an island, and that all the adults on the plane were killed. They wonder if any of the other schoolboys on the... (full context)
Civilization Theme Icon
The Weak and the Strong Theme Icon
The boys keep exploring. Ralph finds a perfect swimming hole and says his father, who's in the Navy, will come rescue them. But Piggy is fairly certain that no... (full context)
Chapter 2
Civilization Theme Icon
Ralph says that without adults, they'll have to take care of themselves. He makes a rule that whoever holds the... (full context)
Chapter 5
Civilization Theme Icon
The three boys wish adults were around to make everything better. Ralph wishes the adults would at least send them... (full context)