What is the source of conflict between Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies?Do you think Jack hates Ralph? If so,why? chapter 7, simple answer please & thankyou.

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Jack definitely has hatred for Ralph. Anyone who could allow the boys to kill Simon has a capability to hate. Jack desires to be totally in control. Ralph is standing in his way.

Jack has desired to be chief from the moment the election of a chief was mentioned in chapter one:

'I ought to be chief,' said Jack with simple arrogance.

Jack has resented Ralph being elected chief from the very beginning. By chapter seven, Ralph is going hunting with Jack. Again, the two compete for attention. Ralph hit the boar, but Jack was wounded. While Ralph repeats that he hit the boar, Jack wins out the attention.

Next, they discuss going to the mountain. Jack begins to blurt out sarcastically. Ralph sensed the animosity Jack held for him:

Ralph sighed, sensing the rising antagonism, understanding that this was how Jack felt as soon as he ceased to lead.

Jack continues to throw out sarcastic remarks. Ralph is straightforward in his question to Jack:

'Why do you hate me?'

Jack does not respond, but the boys "stirred uneasily" at Ralph's question to Jack. There is definitely a power struggle on Jack's part. He resents Ralph's authority, believing he should be the leader. Jack sets out to destroy Ralph's authority:

As Ralph's civilized world disintegrates, Jack's savage society becomes more distinct and powerful. Jack separates his group from Ralph's when the group fails to dethrone Ralph and recognize Jack as leader. Then Jack sets about wooing away the other boys to his group. One way is by inviting everyone to a pig roast.

Jack and Ralph are enemies. Jack ultimately wins total leadership when Piggy is killed and the conch is crushed. He screams at Ralph:

Jack screams that that’s what Ralph will get. The conch is gone. He is chief now. He hurls his spear at Ralph, grazing his side. The others, including Roger, hurl their spears as well. Ralph turns and flees...

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