In the book Lord Of the Flies, what made the loudest noise in the jungle?  

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There are two places in the text where a noise is described as the “loudest.” The first is when the boys kill a pig and decide that they ought to leave a part of it for the beast. Jack decides that they ought to sharpen a stick at both ends and stick the head of the pig on it for the beast. As this is happening, the forest is quiet and the “loudest noise was the buzzing of the flies over the spilled guts.” This is likely meant to indicate the importance of the dead pig and the savagery their kill had exposed.

The second place where a noise is described as the “loudest” is only a short time later when Piggy and Ralph approach Jack’s party on the beach. The large fire is roaring and “the crackle of the fire was the loudest noise over the droning of the reef.”

Shortly thereafter, the storm comes and the noise of it is combined with the chant of the boys as they kill Simon. This noise is described as “unendurable” so it too is a significant one.

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