In Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies, which of the following best describes the function of the sentence "He turned... the island." (at the end of the paragraph beginning "When he had eaten..")? a....

In Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies, which of the following best describes the function of the sentence "He turned... the island." (at the end of the paragraph beginning "When he had eaten..")?

a. It counterbalances the negativism of the previous sentence.

b. It reveals the extent of Ralph's physical wounds.

c. It depicts action in an otherwise introspective paragraph.

d. It reinforces Ralph's refusal to be intimidated by events.

e. It indicates that Ralph has made his decision.

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e. It indicates that Ralph has made his decision.

While (a) is certainly true that (e) counterbalances the negativism of the previous sentence and other sentences, it is because of these conditions of negativism that Ralph decides that he must act and try to reason with Jack.  Moreover, although Ralph realizes that Simon has been murdered, he believes that his killing was an indirect result of the frenzy in which the boys had worked themselves in the night. Ralph certainly does not believe that Jack will kill him outright; that is, until he approaches the camp and encounters the terrorized Eric and Sam who urgently warn him,

"You got to go, Ralph. You go away now--"
He wagged his spear and essayed fierceness.
"You shove off. See?"

The twins continue to urge Ralph to go even though it is not night and they are not painted. But, they tell Ralph that Roger has sharpened a stick at both ends.

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