In "Lord of the Flies", what are some of the new or renewed conflicts between the boys in Chapter 8?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Chapter 8, several conflicts renew. The issue of whether the beast exists is one such renewal. Ralph and Jack clash over the nature of the support Jack offers, a blend of new and old conflict. (Jack values them and their violent skills more than Ralph.) The boys clash with the unknown, symbolized by the beast. Ralph and Jack clash over which way to take the island society. Simon is still fighting his visions, which might be considered his biological nature. All of these are old or blends of old and new.

The main new conflict is the active intrusion of Jack's band of painted hunters into the general camp, which terrifies many of the younger boys.

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cathyfritos | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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5. One of the conflicts in chapter 8 is the issue with the beast. After Jack, Simon and Ralph saw the beast they came running back to the camp and told the boys, "'The beast had teeth,' said Ralph, 'and big black eyes' … 'I don't think we'd ever fight a thing that size, honestly, you know'" (Golding 124). Another conflict is that the group splits after Jack decided to leave and create his own group and be chief. During the meeting Jack tells the boys, "I'm going off by myself. He can watch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too" (Golding 127).


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