Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In "Lord of the Flies", why does Ralph say that he is in charge on the island, and why does nobody refute that fact?

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“We’ll take you off. How many of you are there?”
Ralph shook his head. The officer looked past him to the group of painted boys.
“Who’s boss here?”
“I am,” said Ralph loudly.
A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair and who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist, started forward, then changed his mind and stood still.
“We saw your smoke. And you don’t know how many of you there are?”
“No, sir.”

It's funny, isn't it. The boy who starts forwards with his extraordinary cap,...

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ibtesamzazi | Student

The ending of this novel always makes me so sad. Golding was a very gifted individual, and his books teach great lesson. :)