In Chapter 3, what is the significance of the title, "Huts on the Beach"?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The significance of the title applies to the events unfolding in the story. In the chapter entitled "Huts on the Beach," the boys fail in building several sturdy structures located on the beach. Under Ralph's supervision, all the boys work on the first shelter before the majority of the group abandons the project to play on the island. A few boys help build the second shelter, and then Ralph and Simon are the only ones left to build the third, shaky structure. The huts metaphorically represent the degeneration of civility on the island. As the story progresses, the boys gradually descend further into savagery. Ralph and Jack's disagreements and fundamental differences are also portrayed throughout this chapter. Ralph believes it is important to build huts for protection and peace of mind, while Jack thinks the project is a waste of time. Ralph's ideals illustrate his affinity for civilization, while the opposite can be said about Jack. Jack favors savagery over civility and opposes Ralph's decision to build the huts. It is remarkably clear that civility will not flourish on the island after the huts are poorly built.

clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The significance of the Chapter title is quite literal. The chapter is literally about the huts built on the beach. The chapter addresses the problem that the boys are faced with. They need food and want meat, but they also need shelter. Ralph and Simon argue with Jack because Ralph and Simon and a few others have worked very hard to build two "shaky" shelters without any help from Jack and his "hunters". Jack argues that the agreement was that he and his hunters were exempt from building shelter because they needed meat to eat. Simon and Ralph want help because they feel the boys need shelter more than meat especially for the "lilttleuns" because they are frightened. This is where we start to see the lines truly divide between the boys- they begin to be two separate entities- the hunters and gatherers, rather than one unit working together.

renelane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The struggle between civilization and savagery is apparent in this chapter.

Ralph feels the priority should be shelter, building huts on the beach.

Jack does not care about that, he wants to hunt. His descent into savagery is apparent. The struggle between the two powers and priorities is obvious in this chapter.

mcnabors | Student

the kids are trying to be civilized by making huts as shelter. some of the kids, like jack, only care about hunting and other things instead of staying alive and having shelter.

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