In chapter 5 of "Lord of the Flies" how does Maurice get the littleuns to stop crying?

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englishteacher72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter five of William Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies, the boys are all gathered at a meeting.  Things get out of hand, and chaos ensues.  The boys are upset for several reasons: they are scared by the prospect of a wild beast on the island, and they are hungry.  Hope of being rescued is dwindling.  At one point, with all of the talk of the beast, the littluns all start to cry, and the group ends up in hysterics.  Maurice takes initiative by yelling, "Look at me!"  The littluns watch as Maurice makes them laugh by pretending to fall and hurt himself.  It says:

"Look at me!"  He pretended to fall over.  He rubbed his rump and sat on the twister so that he fell in the grass.  He clowned badly; but Percival and the others noticed and sniffed and laughed.  Presently they were all laughing so absurdly that the biguns joined in.

Jack quickly brings the boys back to reality, though, by once again asking questions about the supposed beast.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this chapter, all of the kids are at the meeting where the idea of the beast is first introduced.  The littleuns are crying because they have gotten to be afraid of the beast.

Maurice distracts them and makes them stop crying.  He yells at them to look at him and then he falls down very theatrically a couple times.  He hams it up a bit and they stop crying.

Of course then he makes it all worse a short time later.  He does when he points out that there are all kinds of beasts in the sea that are unknown.  This leads other kids to think of the possibility that the beast comes up out of the ocean and to agree with Percival's claim that this is where the beast comes from.

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