How does the meeting end in Chapter 5 of William Golding's Lord of the Flies?

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By the end of the meeting in the 5th chapter of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, fights have broken out. More specifically, Piggy and Jack begin wrestling for the conch. Jack wants to encourage the rest of the group to hunt for and kill the beast so that they can put their fears to rest and focus on other necessities, while Piggy, in support of Ralph, wants the group to behave more rationally and focus on survival and rescue.

Ralph wrestles the conch from Piggy because he is trying to calm the group down but only winds up spooking everyone even more by speaking of ghosts. Piggy wrestles the conch from Ralph to beg the group members to act rationally, pleading with them in his famous lines, "What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages? What's grownups going to thing? Going off--hunting pigs--letting fires out--and now!"

The struggle for the conch and fighting continues until Jack runs off declaring they'll hunt and the rest of the group follow him and begin dancing wildly. At that point, Ralph considers resigning as chief, but Simon and Piggy convince him otherwise.

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