In chapter 5, the boys were waiting for a sign from the adult world. In chapter 6, a ''sign'' comes in the form of a dead parachutist who has landed on the mountain, a casualty of the same war that brought the boys to the island in the first place.
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Answered by jill d #170087
The event symbolizes the fact the like the island, the outside "adult" world they're waiting for a sign from is absorbed in a savage conflict very similar to their own.
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