How do Ralph and Jack answer the question about the beast in Chapter Two?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ralph and Jack answer the question in different ways, and that helps cause problems down the road.

Ralph is trying to convince the little kids that there is no such thing as the beast.  He tells them first that there are no big beasts like that on small islands -- only in big places like Africa.  Then he tells them the boy who is talking about the beast that he was just dreaming.

Jack says there is no beast too.  But then he starts to talk about how they can hunt it and kill it.

By saying this, Jack does two things.  First, he helps the little kids believe that there really is a beast.  That will scare them and, eventually, everyone else and lead to bad things.  Second, it sets him and Ralph up as opponents.  That, too, will lead to bad things.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, the author has two of the main characters give different opinions onn the idea of the presence of a beast or 'beastie' as the littleuns call it. At first this creature has no real shape or form whatsoever-it doesn't even look like the parachutist, and even disappears back into creepers during the day. As many of the boys realise, it is similar to the figment of a nightmare. However, the more the smaller boys talk about it, the more real it seems to get, later adding pig-like or voodoo overtones. The two older boys recognise this - Ralph has less luck becuase he tries to tell them it doesn't exist which adds more disquiet. They seem to prefer Jack's idea! (If there was, 'we'd kill it', stone dead.

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