In chapter 2 of Lord of the Flies, what question does the littlun with the birthmark raise?

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rmhope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The little boy with the mulberry colored birthmark is pushed forward by a group of little boys in a meeting to ask a question. He is only about six years old, and he seems to be asking a question for more than one of them, since the other littluns keep pushing him toward Ralph. He takes the conch, then pulls back and cries because he is so shy. Piggy has to bend down and listen to him and speak for him, interpreting, "He wants to know what you're going to do about the snake-thing." Although the boys laugh at the question, causing the boy to shrink into himself more, he is able to describe what he means. He says there is a "beastie" that comes out at night in the woods in the dark. The other boys mock, saying he couldn't have seen it if it was dark, but the boy says it came and went and wanted to eat him. Ralph proposes the boy was dreaming, and some of the older ones seem to agree, but some littluns begin to doubt. The boy with the birthmark persists in his question, wanting to know if it will come back. He says that in the daytime it turns into vines in the trees, but it turns into a snake-thing at night. Jack tries to help by saying that if there is a snake, the hunters would kill it. This exasperates Ralph because he wants to get the point across that there is no beast. He changes the subject to talk about rescue, and that cheers the group up. The little boy's fear of a beast, though, foreshadows the evil and danger that await the boys. Unfortunately, the boy with the birthmark is the first one to succumb to the unchecked human nature that is the real beast, for he dies shortly after this in the raging fire that the boys let get out of control that destroys one side of the mountain.

mrerick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

He asks what the older boys are going to do about the beastie.  He speaks of a thing like a snake that he had seen in the woods.  Whether real or imagined, this is the beginning of the "real" beast for all of the boys.

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