How successful are Ralph's attempts to rationalize what has happened and how are Sam & Eric treated by Jack and followers?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, the author shows Ralph coming to the end of his thoughts and reflections about Jack and the evil blood-thirsty nature of the other boys. However, he lacks the libertarian free-thinking clarity of vision that his dear-departed 'almost-friend' Piggy had. Instead, we see the top layer thinking of the establishment drone as we hear the learned exterior parent-child (or teacher-child) voice coming out. This voice tells him to rationalise and justify the horrific things he has seen - probably a 'self-protect' function of the human psychology in times of trauma. So he belittles the events to make them seem less threatening to himself,and less scary. Piggy,the bullied veteran,would not have done so.

mkcapen1 | Student

At the end of chapter 11 the twins have been left behind after Piggy's death.  First Sam is jabbed by the spear.  Then Roger moves towards the boys and advances upon them.  I does not state what he does to them exactly but the reader is aware that it will probably include beating them up.  Later Sam tells Ralph that they boys had made them join them.

"They hurt us."(188)

After Ralph runs into the thicket he tries to convince himself that the boys will leave him alone.  He thinks that they might make an outlaw of him.  However, he begins to think about Simon and Piggy's death and how savage the boys had become.  He then tries to tell himself their deaths were an accident.


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