What is the irony at the end of Lord of the Flies?

What is the irony at the end of Lord of the Flies?

The biggest irony is, of course, that the boys are rescued because of Jack lighting the island on fire. This is actually a device called a deus ex machina or God in the machine. It is an abrupt ending where a God-like (the naval officer) entity ends the action.

What is ironic about the result of the fire that Jack sets to capture Ralph?

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.

What happens to the boys after they get rescued Lord of the Flies?

A passing British Navy ship sees the fire and sends an officer ashore. The officer not only saves Ralph from being murdered by Jack, he also saves all the boys from the further violence that would surely have occurred had they stayed on the island.

What is ironic about the fire that Jack starts?

Jack starts a wildfire to find Ralph, but the smoke brings a rescue boat to the island. This is ironic because Jack originally said a signal fire was a stupid idea.

Does Jack kill Ralph?

Jack must destroy Ralph for savagery to prevail over civilization. In the jungle, Ralph comes upon the skull of a pig hung on a spear staked into the ground. He punches it and the skull splits.

Why did they kill Simon?

What is the meaning behind Simon’s death? Simon is murdered by the other boys on the island, because they mistake him for the non-existent “beast.” The murder of this innocent “Christ” figure marks a point of no return and the beginning of real savagery on the island.

Why is it ironic that they are rescued by the military in?

But the irony, in my mind, is that these boys are being “rescued” by a society that engages in almost constant violence but likes to make it look civilized by making the participants wear uniforms and by justifying their wars. Ralph tells the boys in the beginning of the novel that his father is a Naval officer.

What was the irony of the end of Lord of the flies?

The ending of the novel “Lord of the Flies,” was somewhat surprising. I was surprised, at least. Its very ironic how they are rescued and who they are rescued by. At this point in the novel, the boys are no longer acting like humans, but are savages. They fight for power, and hunt each other down like animals.

Why are the boys rescued by the military?

The officer acts as though the boys ought to have behaved better as he stares out at his trim cruiser, bringer of death and destruction to many… The boys are in the midst of their conflict while a war rages around them, thus the parachuting dead body.

Why do the boys resort to the beasts in their hearts?

When the boys are stranded on the island, due to their inherent evil nature (which Golding believes we all have in our hearts), they resort to the “beasts” that they are, in their hearts. All mankind, left to his own devices, resorts to evil, Golding seems to be implying. It is not society that it is evil, it is man.