In chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies, what is happening to the rules that the boys have tried to establish? What would be a quote that supports this?

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In Chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies, Ralph finds himself more and more ineffective. The boys do not long obey his rules about building shelters and maintaining the signal fire. In addition, he cannot get cooperation from Jack, the leader of the hunters, who also ignores the rules, excusing himself by claiming that he does the important job of hunting for meat.

"Never get it done.... Been working for days now. And look! ... And they keep running off. You remember the meeting? How everyone was going to work hard until the shelters were finished?"

While Ralph has striven to establish priorities and been adamant about the necessity of maintaining the signal fire and the construction of shelters, the boys still wander off. Apparently, without the supervision of adults, the boys are not capable of self-rule. Because many are very young, it is too easy for them to become distracted from the work of constructing shelters and rebuilding the signal fire by playing at the beach or gathering berries, or even hunting for a while with Jack.

Perhaps, too, having two separate leaders may also pose a problem as the desires of Ralph and Jack certainly differ, and they find themselves conflicting with one another. "They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate." Clearly, this conflict and dissension between the two older boys affects the discipline of the group.

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