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In Lord of the Flies, chapter 12, what is the indefinable connection between Ralph and Jack?

The indefinable connection between Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies lies in the conflicting goals each boy represents. While Jack is bloodthirsty and savage, Ralph longs for order and peace. Ralph realizes that he is the one person left who impedes Jack's desire to rule the island with savage authority.

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This observation comes near the end of the novel. Simon and Piggy are dead: Ralph, limping around, is largely isolated from the other boys on the island. He wishes Jack would simply forget about him and leave him alone, rather than continuing to hunt him. However, Ralph realizes that because of their "indefinable connection," Jack will never let go.

While an indefinable connection is by definition difficult to pin down, we can locate some of its characteristics. From the start, both Ralph and Jack have shown leadership abilities and a desire to be leaders. Both are willing to step to the forefront and impose their wills on other, be it through democracy and persuasion or through savagery and tyranny. Both can be stubborn when challenged.

Further, although it makes him very uncomfortable to acknowledge it, Ralph knows—and has shown—that he can be allured by the desire for savagery and bloodlust that drives Jack and his followers. He enjoys the bloodlust of the hunt, too, and though he is...

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 the connection was that they both had potential to be great leaders, and knew how to influence the other kids. The connection develops when they're left on the island without any adult supervision! They both are the only ones willing to take the lead and whom the other kids will listen to. Ralph gains his followers and Jack gains his. Unfortunately, one of them proves to be a chaotic dictator, while the other is a peace loving liberal! It signifies the roles in world leadership that we see today. The way in which Gandhi lead India versus the way Adolph Hitler lead Germany! Hitler felt that the best way to establish order was through chaos and lies, like jack, while Gandhi knew that order could only come through peace, like Ralph. hope this helps :)