Social Structure In Golding's The London Blitz

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The economic backgrounds of the characters impact the social structure the boys try to establish. The boys are all on a private airplane with very few “grownups”(Golding 8) possibly being evacuated as some metropolitan children were in the London Blitz during the war in 1940-41 (teachrobb.com). After their plane crashes, Ralph states that, “Perhaps there aren’t any grownups anywhere”(Golding 8). The boys come from parents who have money enough to send them away on their own for a while. Parents, like Ralph’s father who is “a commander in the Navy,” who are responsible and respectable and are trying to raise boys who are the same(13). The way the boys try and establish some structure in their group is clearly evidenced. From day one, they create

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