Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What are the thoughts of Jack when he sees the naval officer coming to rescue the boys?

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Even more important than Jack's thoughts are the fact that they are not given. The point of view abruptly shifts from that of a 12-year-old to that of an adult. Jack is seen not as a tribal chief, festooned as a god, but as a dirty little boy in a funny cap. Ralph needs "a nose-wipe and a good deal of ointment." Poor Percival can't remember his name. Jack's solitary action of stepping forward suggests that he may think of...

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Jack stops chasing Ralph as soon as he sees the naval officer. He is instantly brought back to a tamed society. Jack realizes his 'freedom' from rules and civilization have come to the end.

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