What Does Ralph Ask Jack

In Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies, what does Ralph ask Jack?

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In Chapter 7, the boys are exploring the island in an attempt to find the beast. Before they are about to climb the mountain, Ralph suggests that someone return to the base camp to inform Piggy where the group is located. Fortunately, Simon volunteers to travel through the forest alone to give the message to Piggy. After Simon leaves, Jack becomes furious as Ralph begins to ask him questions regarding the pig-run. Jack's responses are short, and Ralph can sense the rising antagonism. Ralph then mentions that he is concerned about whether there will be enough light for them to travel safely through the forest. Jack dismisses Ralph's concern by saying, "I don't mind going...I'll go when we get there. Won't you? Would you rather go back to the shelters and tell Piggy?" (Golding 170). Ralph realizes that Jack is attempting to make him look weak and simply asks Jack, "Why do you hate me?" (Golding 170). The rest of the boys become silent as if "something indecent had been said." Ralph then turns around and leads the boys up the mountain.

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When Ralph manages to hit the boar he gets caught up in Jack's world. This shows us that although Ralph and Jack are opposites, Ralph is, as we all are, susceptible to the wildness that dictates Jack.

At one point in chapter Seven, Ralph asks Jack about the pig-run he has found. Ralph wants to know if Jack knows where it leads to and he wants the boys to follow it in search of the beast. This starts a conflict between Jack and Ralph and foreshadows the much bigger conflict which arises in the following chapters.

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