Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What two groups with different goals are emerging in William Golding's Lord of the Flies?

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Towards the beginning of the novel, Ralph's and Jack's differing views become apparent. Ralph is a proponent of civility. He believes that the boys should maintain a signal fire on the top of the mountain and attempt to create an organized society until they are rescued. In order to do so, the boys must follow Ralph's directives and engage in hard labor to build shelters, collect wood, and gather food. In contrast, Jack is consumed with hunting and dismisses the hope of rescue almost immediately. Jack is more concerned with killing pigs and quickly becomes Ralph's adversary.

Initially, the majority of the boys favor Ralph's policies. As the novel progresses, more and more boys lose respect for Ralph and prefer Jack as their leader. As the boys gradually descend into savagery, they begin viewing Jack as their ruthless, aggressive leader who allows them to satisfy their primitive desires and do what they want.

In chapter 8, Jack calls an assembly and attempts to usurp power from...

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