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In Chapter 3, what two groups with differing goals are emerging?

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jessica88c | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 15, 2007 at 12:17 PM via web

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In Chapter 3, what two groups with differing goals are emerging?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 15, 2007 at 1:58 PM (Answer #1)

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Ralph and Jack disagree over what's most important to take care of right away. Ralph sees the need for organization and taking care of immediate needs, such as building huts. He's frustrated that no one else is helping him and Simon build the huts. Jack isn't concerned about anything but hunting. He doesn't even make the others go by the rules, not paying attention to order. Ralph believes the only way to get things done is in groups, while Jack's only concern is what he can achieve on his own. Ralph wants to keep the fire lit so they can be rescued. Jack is already tired of responsibility and just wants to kill a pig.

By the end of this chapter, Ralph and Jack are at odds since Ralph wants to keep the group civilized, but Jack is becoming more savage with his hunting. The way the two boys look at each other foreshadows the trouble between them. "They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate. All the warm salt water of the bathing pool and the shouting and splashing and laughing were only just sufficient to bring them together again." 

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