What reason does Ralph give for the boys' defection to Jack, in Lord of the Flies?

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In The Lord of the Flies, a group of British school boys are stranded on an uninhabited island. When they first arrive on the island, the boys decide to elect Ralph as their leader. Jack on the other hand has other ideas. The boys become feral and start fighting among themselves.

Piggy is the one and only real friend to Ralph. When the other boys want to go and join Jack, Piggy first states that they want to go because they have meat. Jack's group have gone off on their own. They are becoming more and more unreliable and paranoid. Ralph's reason for the boys' defection to Jack's group is they can pretend to be a tribe and putting on war-paint. Ralph also knows that Jack is a better hunter. He also knows that the boys think they will have more fun with Jack.

The tragedy that these boys face ends their childhood innocence. The power that Jack feels, leading the boys in his tribe, makes him lose all traces of the boy he once was. Ralph, after seeing the things he does on the island, also loses the innocence that he had. None of the boys will ever be the same. The island has left its' imprint on them forever. 

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