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In "Lord of the Flies", how does Ralph reestablish authority after the fire...

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borulalex | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 19, 2008 at 12:49 PM via web

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In "Lord of the Flies", how does Ralph reestablish authority after the fire gets out of control?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 19, 2008 at 9:18 PM (Answer #1)

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Ralph and Jack clash soon after the fire that destroyed part of the island because Jack wants to concentrate on hunting solely while Ralph still insists they maintain a signal fire.  Ralph is also consumed with trying to build shelters because he realizes their need for shelters.  A short time later, Ralph discovers that the signal fire has been allowed to go out because no one was attending to it and he is furious.  To re-establish authority, Ralph calls for another meeting and tries to establish rules. He never truly sets himself up as a leader because he doesn't know how.  He doesn't have the charisma that Jack has and he lacks the natural ability to lead.  His attempts to re-establish authority are really only superficial and a part of him does not want the burden of leadership and responsibility.

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