In the novel Lord of the Flies, how does Ralph feel about the deteriorating conditions on the island?

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Ralph is vexed when he thinks about the deteriorating conditions on the island. At the beginning of the novel, Ralph is rather optimistic about the boys' chances of survival and rescue. As the novel progresses, Ralph's inexperience as a leader becomes evident, and he soon loses the support from the boys. In Chapter 4, the boys miss out on a chance for rescue after Samneric leave the fire unattended for an opportunity to hunt with Jack. This is a critical moment in the novel because Ralph begins his feud with Jack and tensions rise. In Chapter 5, Ralph holds an assembly and laments about the boys not helping build huts, help fetch water, or maintain the signal fire. This assembly illuminates the difficulties Ralph has been facing as the boys' leader. At the end of the assembly, Jack says, "Bollocks to the rules!" and leads the group of boys on another hunt. (Golding 91) Ralph tells Piggy that he might as well give up and doesn't want to be the leader anymore. The boys wish that grownups were around because grownups are civil and have answers to problems. Later on in the novel, Ralph notices that the majority of the boys choose to follow Jack and live like savages. He sinks further into depression and realizes that their chances of rescue have virtually disappeared because there are not enough boys willing to maintain the signal fire. Ralph views the way Jack and his band of hunters smear paint on their faces and compares them to savages. When he notices his own filth and the fact that his hair has grown down past his eyes, he becomes disgusted with the deteriorating conditions on the island. Ralph realizes that it will not be long before Jack and his followers begin to hunt him.

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