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Naval Officer

The Naval Officer appears at the end of Lord of the Flies and represents the chance of rescue to the stranded boys. He surveys the war-painted and dirty children holding ‘sharp sticks’ but initially dismisses their activities as ‘fun and games’. When Ralph explains about the two dead bodies, the officer begins to understand what has happened. Golding’s allegory of war is fully realised in this scene when the officer chastises the boys for their behaviour before eventually resting his eyes on ‘the trim cruiser in the distance’. Of course, the Naval Officer is currently engaged in his own adult and very savage war.