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In Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies, what does Ralph do when the boys start to play,...

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chey222 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 30, 2009 at 3:01 AM via web

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In Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies, what does Ralph do when the boys start to play, putting Robert in the part of the boar?

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cmcqueeney | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM (Answer #1)

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When the boys begin to pretend play about boar hunting, Ralph jumps right into the frenzy.  The boys and Robert are pretending that Robert is the boy, but the play quickly turns serious when they start jabbing Robert with the butt ends of their spears.  Ralph actually takes a spear and starts jabbing Robert with it.  All the boys including Ralph begin grabbing Robert trying to hurt him.  Jack finally stops the 'play', and Robert whimpers away nursing his wounds.

This scene shows two important things.  First, Ralph's desire to be apart of the group of boys.  He wants to be apart of the peer group, but after the frenzy is over, he becomes uneasy realizing that in reality they were hurting Robert.  He is separated from them by this notion.  Also, the scene shows again the power of a mob mentality.  The mentality which draws in almost all the boys and then seeks to destroy all who stand against it.

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valerie21c | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2012 at 2:22 AM (Answer #2)

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