How successful is Jack in the second hunt and who is the one who helps Ralph build all the huts? What conflict arises between Jack and Ralph?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, Jack feels frustrated and thwarted because he was unable to hunt down and kill a pig. After trying a second time, and failing again, he feels much worse. He feels foolish, feeble and unmanly and probably thinks everyone is watching to see how well he does. When he returns empty-handed he feels very angry at himself, at the pig that got away and at anyone else in the nearby vicinity. His anger will overspill onto those nearest him. Ralph unfortunately draws attention to the fact, and also praises Simon at the same time, for his friendship, helpfulness and loyalty in building the shelters. Jack may feel a slur here on his behavior, and may feel wounded by an unspoken comparison to Simon.

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In his hunt in this chapter, Jack once again is not able to kill a pig.  He does throw a spear at one, but misses.

In the meantime, Ralph has been trying to build huts.  Simon is the one who has been helping them.  Like Jack with his hunt, the boys have not been all that successful in building the huts.

When Jack comes back from the hunt, he and Ralph get into an argument about hunting.  Ralph wants Jack and his group to do more to help with things like building huts -- responsible stuff, in his opinion.  But Jack wants to hunt because that is more in his nature.

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