In Chapter 8, Jack begins to assert his authority as he has gained complete confidence now in his ability to lead his hunters and has no further need of Ralph and Piggy and the conch or their rules. He eventually returns to raid the group to steal
Simon becomes even more of an outcast as he still refuses to choose a side in any real way and no one takes him too seriously when he suggests they climb the mountain to check for the beast.
Piggy continues to demonstrate that he has the most capacity for reason as he suggests they move the fire down from the mountain and just start it on the beach.
Ralph begins to lose control over the group and it rankles him, his troubles in understanding why this is happening become more and more apparent.