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Lord of the Flies

William Golding
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

9) Who is the first boy to die on the island?

One of the “littluns”—the boy with the mulberry-colored birthmark—is the first boy to die. The fact that “that other boy whose mulberry-marked face had not been seen since the evening of the great fire” indicates that he died when the initial signal fire raged out of control. While this first death seems insignificant, it foreshadows the other deaths that will happen as the situation with the boys spirals out of control, just like that first fire.