How does Ralph avoid being killed?

Ralph avoids being killed because of the arrival of the naval officer. At the sight of an adult, Jack and his band of hunters regain some sense of decorum and abandon their attempt to kill Ralph.

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Ralph's life was saved by the timely arrival of the naval officer. Earlier, Ralph had spoken to Samneric and been warned that Jack was intending to hunt him down. Ralph therefore goes into hiding, but this proves an unsustainable solution, as Jack and his cronies set the forest on...

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Ralph's life was saved by the timely arrival of the naval officer. Earlier, Ralph had spoken to Samneric and been warned that Jack was intending to hunt him down. Ralph therefore goes into hiding, but this proves an unsustainable solution, as Jack and his cronies set the forest on fire to force him out of his hiding place.

Ralph instinctively heads for the beach, and the boys hunting him close in for the kill. Very luckily for Ralph, that is the moment at which they see the naval officer. Ironically, it was the fire set by Jack and his gang that caught the officer's attention and drew him to the island, so in a roundabout way, the fire that was set to kill Ralph winds up saving his life, as well as bringing about the rescue of all the stranded boys.

It is arguable that Jack and his gang could have overpowered the naval officer and continued with their quest to kill Ralph. However, the sight of an adult returns some semblance of sanity to the young "warriors," and the boys drop their bravado and start to cry. Jack and the other members of his tribe realize how silly they look with their body paint and sticks.

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