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In chapter 11 of Lord of the Flies, how do the boys react to Piggy's speech?

The boys react negatively to Piggy’s speech in chapter 11 of Lord of the Flies. The speech halts the fight between the leaders, but the boys do not listen in good faith: they listen to Piggy’s words intending to mock him. Before the boys get a chance to react violently, Roger releases a boulder, killing Piggy. The boys turn their attention to Ralph and hunt him like an animal.

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In Lord of the Flies, Piggy’s speech in chapter 11 is the indirect result of the fear of the unknown or the “beast.” The beast also symbolizes the Devil or the evil that exists in everyone. Simon does not believe such a creature exists, and when he finds the corpse of a dead parachutist, he attempts to enlighten the two groups of stranded boys. He wants to tell them there is no beast, but only their fears.

The two groups of boys are split in their approaches to their situation. Leader Ralph wishes to use reason and control in his efforts to survive. He favors fair and equitable measures and the adoption of civilized rules. Jack’s methodology for control is authoritarianism. He prefers to maintain control by fear and threats. He favors instilling fear by employing violence and destruction.

Jack and his hunters are obsessed with the hunt. On one occasion, they sadistically kill a pig in a violent ritual, cutting off the animal’s head, placing it on a stick for all to see, and offering...

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