Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What caused ralph to be excited about hunting in chapter 7?

Expert Answers info

lucyann eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2012

write5 answers

starTop subject is Literature

Ralph didn't want to go hunting at the start of Chapter 7; in fact there was a conflict between him and Jack over hunting, as in Chapter 4 the hunters let the signal fire go out while they were chasing a wild boar, and missed a chance to be rescued.

However, in Chapter 7 Ralph does join in the hunt and manages to hit a boar (though he doesn't kill it; unlike Jack, Ralph is not a real hunter). He now feels excited because he has achieved something and the other boys look at him with "new respect." This is the last moment where Jack and Ralph have something in common; for the rest of the book they will go further and further apart, with Jack becoming a "savage" interested only in hunting and fighting, and Ralph trying to maintain reason and "civilization."

check Approved by eNotes Editorial