Why does Ralph call a meeting? chapter 5

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Ralph calls the meeting after the fire was allowed to go out, and their chance at rescue ruined. However, Ralph is not doing a great job of holding a constructive meeting. He has important ideas, but does not express them well. He tries to get the boys to see that their survival and rescue should be the top priorities, instead of hunting for meat.

Ralph maintains that the huts need to be fortified, fresh water must be attained, a fire needs to be constantly nurtured, and some sort of bathroom facilities need to be structured for hygiene's sake.

Jack grows impatient with this meeting, and leads the boys into  a disruption with his boasts of being a great hunter, and belittling Ralph's concerns.

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Also Ralph calls meetings to keep peace and order. Two essentials to making a society possible. Later on in the book the conch is destroyed. This represents the ending of the society; All hope is forever gone to the island.

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