What actually happens when Jack, Roger and Maurice raid Ralph, Piggy and the twins?"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 8 of "The Lord of the Flies" because of the riff between Ralph and Piggy and the twins and the other boys with Jack, Ralph and Piggy commence moving the fire to the seashore.  Disturbed by the behavior of Jack and the others, he asks why they do not understand the importance of the fire for their escape from the island:

Can't they see?  Can't they understand?  Without the smoke signal, we'll die here?

Suddenly, "demonic figures" appear, howling.  Much like the mythological figure of mythology, Promethesus, who steals fire from the gods and gives it to man, Jack and others grab half-burnt branches and race away along the beach.  Total anarchy has occurred as fire now represents power, for with it, the boys can hunt and eat; they can survive.  Even Ralph loses sight of their goal, failing to remember why they have kept a fire going:

The fire's the most important thing on the island, because, because--He paused again and the silence became full of doubt and wonder.

mcgeek01 | Student

If you are asking this as a plot-based question, look at the dialogue afterward to figure out the events of the raid.  Ralph and the twins have attacked each other in the chaos, each thinking he was defending himself against an intruder.

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