ch.12. How does the author describe Ralph's flight across the island?,why is Percival unable to remember his name and address?

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Ralph's flight across the island is less than glamorous.  He is determined to survive and is willing to use the beast to do it.  By this time, the pig's head is only a skull since the flies have consumed the flesh.  Ralph takes the spear on the trek across the island and in his injured and bloody state, makes his way to the beach.  He is more barbaric now than he has ever been in the novel.The officer, representing newly discovered civilization, is appalled at the condition of the children. He cannot understand why they were not able to carry on like good British schoolboys and behave like the children in The Coral Island. But, like Ralph and Jack, he does not see the duality of his own nature. He is on the beach, shocked at the boys’ lack of civilization, yet he is an officer on a boat in which the main function is to hunt and kill. The boys’ true loss of innocence is expressed when Percival Wemys Madison, whose only flimsy hold on the past was his memorized name, phone number, and address, can no longer even remember his name.

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