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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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For what purpose does Jack Merridew want his choir to be used?

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In the novel The Lord of the Flies, we meet a group of school boys who find themselves stranded on a remote island after the plane they were passengers on crashes during a storm.  Aboard the plane was the school's choir.  The head of the choir is Jack Merridew.

We are first introduced to Ralph and Piggy.  As they wander the beach trying to make sense of what has happened, Ralph finds a conch shell.  Piggy relates how he has seen such shells used as a sort of trumpet.  Ralph, after a few attempts, is successful in getting the conch shell to work.  Soon, other boys are drawn to the beach, because of the trumpeting.  

As the youngsters start to gather and get their bearings, they begin to feel the need to organize.  The first thing to do is to select a leader.  Jack feels that since he is head of the choir, that he should naturally be proclaimed the leader.  Not everyone agrees with that logic.  Some feel, probably due to the subliminal image of him having called them together, that Ralph should be the group's leader.  After a vote takes place, Ralph is elected to the honor. He then turns to Jack and asks how he would like to use his choir.  After all, they are a unit who are used to taking commands from Jack and working as a unit. Jack proclaims that he wishes for his choir members to be considered hunters. 

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