At the end of chapter 4, why does Ralph call an assembly?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Lord of the Flies, Ralph calls the assembly at the end of Chapter Four in the middle of Jack and the hunters' first feast. The hunters and Jack have been extremely enthusiastic about killing a pig, so all the boys could eat; finally in chapter four, they have succeeded.  Their success, however, has been bought dearly, for while they were hunting, the boys let the fire go out.  Ralph has spotted a ship while swimming, but there was no smoke on the mountain for a signal. 

Ralph calls the meeting at the end of chapter four in order to "put things straight," as a way to vent his frustrations at the hunters for letting the fire go out, but also to assert his role as chief and emphasize the importance of maintaining the smoke signal at all times (79). 



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