In Chapter Eleven of Lord of the Flies, why do Ralph and Piggy decide to go to Jack's fort?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

At the end of chapter ten, Jack and several savages attack Ralph's tribe in the middle of the night and end up stealing Piggy's glasses. Jack and his savages plan on using Piggy's glasses to light a fire so that they can cook their pig meat. In chapter eleven, Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric decide to take the conch with them and demand that Jack return Piggy's glasses and obey the conch. Piggy then takes the conch and elaborates on what he will tell Jack when they arrive at the camp on the opposite end of the island. Piggy says,

"Look, I’m goin’ to say, you’re stronger than I am and you haven’t got asthma. You can see, I’m goin’ to say, and with both eyes. But I don’t ask for my glasses back, not as a favor. I don’t ask you to be a sport, I’ll say, not because you’re strong, but because what’s right’s right. Give me my glasses, I’m going to say—you got to!" (Golding, 246).

Piggy is useless without his glasses and cannot see. He is also fed up with Jack's disobedience and hostile personality. Unfortunately, when Piggy travels to the opposite end of the island and addresses Jack, the savages refuse to listen and Roger ends up rolling a massive boulder towards him. The boulder strikes Piggy and kills him instantly. The conch is also destroyed, which indicates that civility is completely lost on the island.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

At the platform, Ralph and Piggy and SamnEric find themselves completely forlorn. Piggy is heartbroken because his glasses are gone, stolen by Jack and his hunters. Ralph is shaken to the core because of the murder of Simon and their inability to light a signal fire. SamnEric don't know what to do as they see their leader and the smartest boy on the island in despair.

Ralph cannot even answer when Piggy asks him to tell them what to do. He is desperate for some leadership other than that which Jack represents but Ralph has lost the ability to lead.

Piggy decides that they have to go and ask Jack for his glasses back. Piggy insists that he will tell Jack how he really feels and that Jack will respond in the proper way and return his glasses. At first Ralph is hesitant but eventually he agrees to go as he sees no other way to move forward.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial