Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What is the significance of the title of chapter twelve, "Cry of the Hunters," in William Golding's Lord of the Flies?

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In this final chapter, the cry of savages sweeps the island, hunting for the one remaining symbol of order and civilization: Ralph. Jack and Roger have coerced everyone into joining them, even faithful Samneric. The twins warn Ralph that Jack plans to line the boys up and sweep the island until Ralph is found. They tell Ralph that sense is "gone" and being chief no longer matters. Nothing matters now except hunting and fear. After they leave him, Ralph hears their cries of panic; they are in trouble with the group of savages.

Noticeably in this chapter, the boys are identified as "savages" more than by their own identities. In fact, their physical forms have degenerated so much that Ralph has trouble identifying them. In the end, when rescuers arrive, Percival cannot remember his own name. Civilization and personal identity being completely lost to him.

So the savages line...

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Since Jack and the group strived to kill Ralph, the cry of the hunters is the cries of Ralph trying to stay safe from Jack.

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