How the Song This Bitter Earth Relates to Lord of the Flies

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"This Bitter Earth" By Max Richter 

This bitter Earth
Well, what fruit it bears?

Ooooh
This bitter Earth

And if my life
Is like the dust
Oooh, that hides
The glow of a rose
What good am I?
Heaven only knows.

Lord, this bitter Earth
Yes, can be so cold
Today you're young
Too soon, you're old
But while a voice
Within me cries
I'm sure someone may answer my call.

And this bitter Earth
Ooooh, may not
Ooooh, be so bitter
After all.

This bitter Earth
Lord, this bitter Earth
What good is love
Mmmm, that no one shares?

And if my life
Is like the dust
That hides
The glow of a rose
What good am I?
Heaven only knows.
 ---- "-you're all British, aren't you? - would have been able to put ip abetted show than that..." The officer to the children (ashamed and embarrassed)

    I relate this song to Ch.12, "Cry of the Hunters" in "Lord of the Flies" because it relates directly toward the officer who saved the savage boys and also ties together the book, being the ending song. An Officer comes to rescue the boys off the island and is shocked of how savage these supposed to be well mannered English boys have become. In the book it sates he is embarrassed and this is so because he reilizes himself and the world he is apart of is no different than these savage dehumanized boys. "Dust" in the song is like battle scars or negative events in life that has changed a character such as the officer and the boys; it covers up "glow of a rose" meaning innocence, knowledgeable humans, purity, and the overall goodness in a person. The allegory shown through out the book is stated in the song "today you're young Too soon you're old" meaning the boys and their generation will become just like the war fighting adults such as in the officers generation. Also in the book the officer saves the children but who will save him? "God only knows". He is sad just like in the song and hopes someone will come to save him. 
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