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1. Lord of the Flies is set in a kind of paradise on earth. Describe a location that would be paradise for you?

I think paradise can’t really be achieved, a place where there is no evil, if everything was perfect, pretty soon people would become selfish and look for something more, kind of like in Adam and Eve; we want what we can’t have. That’s human nature. Plus if I could have everything I ever wanted, that would be tedious, as there would be no sense of satisfaction at working for something. So I can’t think of a single place like that. the closest I could get to paradise is going back home, and seeing all my friends again.

2. Given that Lord of the Flies is a survival story, what plot elements do you expect to find?

Because all the characters are children, who are trying to survive on their own, I think they’ll make rules, which in the beginning seem to be awesome, but will end up backfiring; also I expect arguing between characters, living in close proximities for a prolonged amount of time might cause conflict.

3. Do you think people need rules or would society be a better place if people were allowed to do whatever they wanted?

In my opinion, I think we are better off with rules and laws, because if people were free to do what they wanted, there would be others who wouldn’t agree, and once again conflicts would arise. If there were no demarcations between right and wrong, like there is now, there would be utter chaos everywhere.

4. What qualities do you think are necessary for a good leader?

To be a good leader I think one needs to be selfless, be able to put others before them. They need to be able to empathise, and put themselves in the shoes of others, logic should factor in their decisions, and the ability to listen and compromise with their peers. They should also be humble, and not let the power go their head.

5. Do you see yourself as a survivor? What qualifies, if any, might you bring to a group stranded in...
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