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How has the relationship between Jack and Ralph changed and developed in the first five chapters? Look closely at three incidents which make this clear

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How has the relationship between Jack and Ralph changed and developed in the first five chapters? Look closely at three incidents which make this clear The relationship ship between Ralph and Jack is essential to what happens in Lord of the flies. Things start off well at the first meeting when Jack and the choir first arrive and are greeted by Ralph and the other boys. The group of boys vote for a chief who turns out to be Ralph as "The circle of boys broke into applause. Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack's face disappear under a blush of mortification" making him feel embarrassed that he has not been chosen chief and that his choir are not supporting him. Then Ralph says "the choir belongs to you of, course" and "The suffusion drained away from Jack's face" making Jack feel important and that he has power and is no longer ashamed. Jack decides that the choir will be used for hunting and he and Ralph "smiled at each other with shy liking" This is where friendship is beginning between the two boys though it does not take too long to begin to brake down. ...read more.

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Then Ralph says how they still haven't got any meat, the shelters were more important and that the other hunters came back hours before and had been swimming the whole time. Jack then to "convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up" and again "the madness came into eyes again" but Ralph does not see it in the way Jack does. Ralph says "but you haven't" referring to Jack and his hunters still not getting any meat in an undertone making his annoyance obvious. Then Jack goes on to say "But I shall! Next time! I've got to get a barb on this spear! We wounded a pig and the spear fell out. If we could only make barbs-" and Ralph shouts back "We need shelters". This causes Jack to shout "Are you accusing-?" and a drift between the two begins. The two boys go on to say about the beast when Ralph says "If it rains like when we dropped in we'll need shelters all right. And then another thing. We need shelters because of the-" Here Ralph first indicates how he thinks there is a beast but does not want to say it because he is embarrassed in believing it. ...read more.

Conclusion

The intentness of his gaze, the bitterness of his voice pointed for him. There they are." The hunters are all happy along with Jack and the twins Sam and Eric and back celebrating the slaughter of the pig. Ralph spoke "You let the fire out" which Jack replies back saying "We can light the fire again" not really caring as he is so happy that he has finally killed a pig. Again Ralph says "You let the fire out" causing Jack to feel uneasy and he looks at the twins and says "We had to have them in the hunt" though he was "conscious of a fault" Jack realises he is wrong but tries to dismiss it saying "The fire's only been out for an hour or two. We can light up again-" but stops after seeing Ralph's "scarred nakedness, and the sombre silence of all four of them" Ralph points to the horizon and says "There was a ship" These few striking words force Jack to back away back to the pig. From this point on the friendship between Jack and Ralph completely breaks down and this is where the real problems begin on the island with each disagreeing more and more until Jack begins his own group where he is chief. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mitul Patel 5P ...read more.

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