Does the naval ship represent a solution to the evil of the Lord of the Flies?
Readers are left to wonder if the naval ship can enable order and regulation on the island. Though the boys are happy to see the officer and the naval ship, they also realize that they have committed some grave acts in the absence of adult supervision. The ship seems to remind the boys that in a civilized world, people are held accountable for their actions. They seem to realize that some of their actions are punishable. As a result, readers are unsure how the boys might react to the ship’s arrival. Nonetheless, the naval ship certainly represents the well-ordered way of life, social restraint, and authority.