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Why does Ralph say that he is in charge on the island in Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies?

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ajames-89 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2007 at 1:35 AM via web

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Why does Ralph say that he is in charge on the island in Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 15, 2007 at 2:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Ralph is taking a stand, and taking responsibility. Jack and his group are not the only ones at fault, and Ralph finally acknowledges this fact.

Ralph clung to his ideas of organization and order, and at times risked life and limb to fight about them. Jack and Ralph were engaged in a power struggle-and both had a hand in the way things went wrong. Ralph would engage in violence to make a point, when Jack would goad him into it. All the boys were to blame for their descent into savagery.  Ralph had until this point, refused to see that he too, had a savage side.

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