In Lord of the Flies: Why are the twins "examining Ralph curiously, as though they were seeing him for the first time"? (Page 192)

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In Chapter Eleven of Golding's "Lord of the Flies," Piggy plans to talk to Jack while holding the conch in an effort to appeal to any vestige of civilization left in Jack so that he may get his glasses back.  Moved by the emotion of Piggy's appeal, Jack suggests that they clean up to look more civilized, also.  However, Eric makes a "detaining gesture," and says that the hunters will be painted; their faces will, thus, be masked and hide their emotions, mking them less vulnerable than than they.  Golding writes,

They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought.

When Ralph insists that they not be painted because they are not savages, Samneric look at each other.  Ralph shouts and turns upon them "fiercely."  And, as Piggy reminds Ralph that they cannot be rescued without smoke and the fire, Ralph snaps at Piggy, telling him, "I knew that!"

Piggy nodded propitiatingly.

'You're chief, Ralph.  You remember everything.'

'I hadn't forgotten.'

' 'Course not.'

The twins were examining Ralph curously, as though they were seeing him for the first time.

For the first time, Samneric realize that Ralph is flawed; he is breaking and losing his confidence and leadership role.  The twins later betray Ralph because they are tortured and succumb to "the liberation of savagery" and because they have lost some respect for Ralph

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book "The Lord of the Flies" a group of boys has crash landed on a remote island.  There are no adults with them as they died in the crash.  There are two main boys whose roles are as protagonist, Ralph, and antagonist, Jack.  There is also a thing on the island that makes the young boys, littluns, frightened.  Ralph becomes the first elected leader but later Jack and injects violence.

On page 187 Ralph goes to see the twins.  The twins have changed their loyalty and joined Jack's group.  When they see Ralph they look at him in surprise.  They looked at him initially because they may have thought he was the beast or because they may have believed he was dead.  Once seeing him they experienced guilt at having shifted their loyalties.

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