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When Ralph wanders down to the ocean on the side of the island that they do not normally spend time on, the ocean seems to stretch on forever, as though the horizon is somehow farther away on that side. The enormity of it overwhelms Ralph and makes him feel that rescue is absolutely impossible.
Whereas on the other side of the island, the boys often see mirages in the simmering heat and think that there are other islands close by or sometimes even ships that might see their signal fire and come to rescue them. It would appear that Ralph's hopes are somewhat irrational on one side of the island and somehow more rational on the other.
The answer wrapped up into a nutshell is that the new side of the island deteriorates Ralf's hopes of being rescued. The other side gave him hope but this side shows the enormity of the ocean and makes him feel isolated.
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