Set-Up: Most of our attention has been placed on how the boys will survive. We assume, however, that sooner or later some of them will return home. That being said, we haven’t talked about what that would be like.
- Mandatory: If you were one of the boys on this island, what do you think it would be like to return home given all that you’ve been through? Note: it may be easier to answer this once you’ve finished the book, but you can certainly answer at any point. Just identify what chapter you are on when you answer this question. Thank you.
- Optional: Once you’ve done the previous one, you may answer this, too. Watch the film trailer from Tom Hanks’ film, “Castaway”. Once you’ve seen this, imagine you were — like Tom Hanks in this film — stuck on a deserted island for years by yourself, without any contact with the real world. Eventually, you’re rescued and return ‘home’. Knowing your personality, what do you think it would be like to return home to the ‘real’ world after such an experience?
- Optional: Just for fun, watch the FedEx commercial that spoofed the Tom Hanks’ film. No response needed; this is just for your amusement and to see how pop culture passes around similar ideas in unexpected ways (just like the use of Lord of the Flies; wink, wink).