To what does ralph's demonstration of his hunting prowess lead?To what does ralph's demonstration of his hunting prowess lead?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Ralph is symbolic of our physical selves, and his reaction to actually hunting is, not surprisingly, physical.  He has gotten a taste, so to speak, of the adrenalin which is present at such moments.  In fact, Ralph gets excited enough to almost join the hunting frenzy--almost. This is a foreshadowing of a time when he actually will join the frenzy of the hunt and kill Simon.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Ralph's participating in the hunt in Chapter 7 leads to his becoming excited over having hit the pig in the snout.  He even participates in the pretend hunting of a pig as Robert crawls around on his hands and kneesa;

Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh.  The desire to squeeze and hurt was overmastering.

When Jack comments that hurting Robert was a good game, Ralph replies "uneasily" that it was "just a game."  He is ashamed at how easily he has regressed to being a savage himself.  Quickly, he shakes himself out of his new mental state, returning to his role of leader, urging the boys to rebuild the fire.

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