What happens in chapters 1 and 2 of Lord of the Flies?

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Chapters 1 and 2 describe how the boys realize they are alone on the island and get to know each other, trying to organize themselves.

It is wartime, and a group of British schoolboys is marooned on a deserted island.  They soon realize there are no adults.  A handsome boy named Ralph and a fat boy named Piggy, who wears glasses, find each other.  They explore a bit until they discover a conch shell and Ralph blows it, at Piggy’s suggestion.  Soon boys come from all directions—all ages of boys, in various stages of undress.

Aren’t there any grownups?”

“No.”

Merridew sat down on a trunk and looked round the circle.

“Then we’ll have to look after ourselves.” (ch 1)

The boys decide that Ralph will be their leader, since the conch seems to make him important and special.  Jack, the choirmaster, will lead the choir as a group of hunters.

Things seem to be going fairly well.  The boys decide they need a fire as a signal.  Before Ralph can organize anything, Ralph runs off with his hunters.  There is already tension between Ralph and Jack as leaders.

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