How do the boys feel about the island once they reach its summit and have toppled the rock?Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Having realized that they are free from the dominion of adults, in Chapter One the boys are elated in what they perceive as their acquired paradise: "Here was a coral island" (like the book about Victorian boys stranded on an island).  As they ascend, Ralph gleefully stands upon his head; the others shot words of exclamation and joy: "Wacco!" "Wizard!" and "Smashing!"  Then, they actually discover a coral reef, and Ralph turns to the others, declaring, "This belongs to us." 

After they reach the summit, the three boys, Ralph, Jack, and Simon, feel a sense of fraternity:

Eyes shining, mouths open, triumphant, they savoured the right of domination.  They were lifted up:  were friends.

Their exploration is interrupted by a childish desire to push off one of the pink granite rocks.  Jack is the first to lean against it.  The others sway back and forth in rhythm.  One of them yells, "Heave!" and

the great rock loitered...moved through the air, fell, struck, turned over, leapt droning through the air and smashed a deep hole in the canopy of the forest.  Echoes and birds few,...the forest shook as with the passage of an enraged monster....


The boys again exclaim, "Wacco!"  "Like a bomg!"  "Whee--aa-oo!" in triumph.  Then, they look from this vantage point to the platform where they see the "insect-like" forms of the other boys.  Ralph declares, "All ours" as he spreads his arms.  Suddenly, they see the pigs and Jack hesitates to kill one.  "Next time."  Jack vows that the next time he will show the pig no mercy. He will not forget his public shame.


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