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In Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies, what does Ralph ask Jack?

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larac0290 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 1, 2007 at 8:09 PM via web

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In Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies, what does Ralph ask Jack?

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royalxqueen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 1, 2008 at 8:51 AM (Answer #3)

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After fighting over leadership and having Jack make fun of him the way he makes fun of Piggy, Ralph finally asks Jack, "Why do you hate me?" Jack doesn't answer and Ralph turns away. Ralph is showing his inexperience at leadership. He has been able to observe Jack for sometime now and should already know that Jack hates him because Ralph is the major impediment to Jack being able to take total control of the boys. By asking the question, Ralph puts Jack on the alert that he knows he is in conflict with Jack. Jack will no longer have to hide his animosity and can attack Ralph's leadership directly.

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merehughes | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 1, 2007 at 9:44 PM (Answer #1)

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When Ralph manages to hit the boar he gets caught up in Jack's world. This shows us that although Ralph and Jack are opposites, Ralph is, as we all are, susceptible to the wildness that dictates Jack.

At one point in chapter Seven, Ralph asks Jack about the pig-run he has found. Ralph wants to know if Jack knows where it leads to and he wants the boys to follow it in search of the beast. This starts a conflict between Jack and Ralph and foreshadows the much bigger conflict which arises in the following chapters.

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