In Chapter 4 of "Lord of the Flies", explain the love-hate relationship between Jack and Ralph.

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I not sure I would go so far as to describe the relationship between Jack and Ralph as a love-hate relationship because the idea of love and brotherhood never really has a chance to start. Both boys are leaders, but they have very different leadership styles. At first, Ralph allows Jack to stay in control of his choir or "hunter" as a consolation for not being chosen chief. However, Ralph does not understand Jack's true nature and his obsession for being in total control. At first, Jack seems to go along with Ralph, but after he lets the fire go out while he was hunting, Ralph and Jack begin to part ways. Ralph is more concerned with being rescued while Jack is more concerned with the immediate gratification that comes from hunting and doing what he wants. In spite of his apology for letting the fire go out, Jack is never truly sorry and will spend the rest of the novel trying to undermine Ralph's authority.

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