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by William Golding

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In "Lord of the Flies", Jack also makes several critical remarks about Ralph? Name two. 

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One place where Jack lashes out verbally against Ralph comes at one of their meetings in chapter 5.  There has been much shouting and arguing in this meeting about whether or not ghosts exist and whether or not there is a beast.  Finally, in anger, Jack flings harsh words at his favorite target for derision - Piggy.  Ralph comes to Piggy's defense and reminds Jack he doesn't have the conch and should not be speaking.  Jack says, "And you shut up! Who are you, anyway?  Sitting there telling people what to do.  You can't hunt, you can't sing-".  Another time when Jack criticizes Ralph is at yet another meeting in chapter 8.  The group is arguing again about whether or not there is a beast and if it should be hunted.  Ralph has essentially called Jack a coward and Jack turns to the boys and says of Ralph, "He's not a hunter. He never got us meat. He isn't a prefect and we don't know anything about him.  He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing.  All this talk-".  Then Jack calls for another vote on who is to be chief.  Jack's remarks are meant to make Ralph look weak which shows that, in Jack's opinion, the ability to rule is based upon one's ability to hunt and kill. To Jack, power comes not from one's ability to think and to work for the common good, but power comes from brute force.  His remarks to Ralph show that attitude.

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