1. Remind yourself of the end of the novel: ‘Ralph screamed…’, which is about four pages from the end.
Do you think this is a good ending to the novel?
You should write about:
- What has just happened to the boys that leads to this situation
- How the writer brings out the feelings and attitudes of the boys and of the naval officer
- How effectively the writer’s ideas are shown in the passage
- Your own feelings about the rescuer of the boys
2. Write about the relationship between Jack and Ralph in the novel.
- What they think of each other at the start of the novel
- How their relationship changes during the novel
- How the writer brings out the differences between them
- Why the writer chooses to end their relationship with Jack trying to kill Ralph.
3. At the end of the novel the Naval Officer says, ‘I know. Jolly good show. Like the Coral Island.’
Why did Golding choose to end the novel with such a mistaken view?