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Why Can’t the Boys Work Together Constructively On The Island?

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Why Can't the Boys Work Together Constructively On The Island? As we go further on in 'Lord of the Flies,' it seems like the boys are moving further and further apart from each other. Arguments seem to break out a lot more often and the work is simply not getting done on the island. So why can't the boys just work together? The conflict between Ralph and Jack as to who should be 'leader of the pack' seems to be affecting everybody on the island. The different priority of them makes people nervous, especially the littleuns, who are so scared of Ralph and Jack's conflicts that they go away and are left to their own devices. This of course hinders the whole working atmosphere on the island, as the lack of communication between the biguns and the littleuns makes working very hard. "Well the littluns, they're hopeless (p64)" All the littluns seem to do all day is gorge themselves with fruit and play on the beach. They don't tend to work building shelters, and they are considered too young to hunt, so plenty of able bodies are simply not being used and are just there as unused resources. Ralph and Jack have had many arguments and conflicts so far on the island. It all started when Jack emerged on the island and the congregation decided who was to be leader; Ralph won, making Jack angry and jealous of him. ...read more.

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A good example of this is Ralph and Jack's conflict over who should do all the work on the island. Ralph wants to build shelters, however, Jack wants to hunt, and the boys just can't seem to get organised enough to do all the other work that needs doing in the community. In the meetings the boys have, communication is everything. As the 'Lord of the Flies' goes on, the conch starts to play an even more significant role. It starts to show us who supports which leader.. The people supporting Ralph seem to obey the conch rules, "I've got the conch"(p102, Ralph), "But I got the conch, haven't I Ralph, you let me speak" (p54, Piggy), 'Simon opened his mouth to speak, but Ralph had the conch, so he sat down' (p107). If this theory is correct, it shows some of the littluns are really in support of Ralph, because the conch seems to give them confidence, and allows them to speak up with their views and opinions. We see this, first in the boy with the mulberry coloured birthmark, and then in Phil. The boy with the birthmark first steps up to talk about the beastie. He seems to scared to speak up at first, in case of intimidation by the biguns, but then, as soon as he has the 'security' of the conch, it makes it all better. 'The young boy held out his hands for the conch. The assembly laughed and he immediately withdrew, and started to cry. ...read more.

Conclusion

In an assembly Ralph tells the boys not to panic or be scared or to worry, and that everything will be fine, trying to ease the littluns fears. Jack will have none of it though. He shouts at them telling them to fear, of things like the beastie. Ralph feels sorry for the littluns here. He dislikes the change of atmosphere. This is why Ralph has so much support from the littluns, he is kind to them. We know by chapter 6 who the evil people on the island are. Maurice, Roger and Jack are the main ones. We know this is playing on most people's minds, and this is why more people now support Ralph. All the evil people support Jack. But at the assembly, in chapter 5, Ralph's whole assembly plan breaks down. It goes from going well in the start, all being calm, to being utter madness in the end. This is all the fault of Jack. When Ralph finishes his speech Jack stands up and says:- "So this is a meeting about what's what.. I'll tell you what's what, all you littluns started this with the fear talk etc..."(p103). It makes everyone astonished and the littluns and Ralph contradict Jack's views. It brings up a whole new debate about other evil things on the island like animals and ghosts. This makes a very uneasy feeling in the group and seems like civil war is looming. On p115, people start running off again, chanting, and this makes them feel strong and powerful. The conch goes unnoticed, and no one now has control of the group. ...read more.

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