What word invades Jack's memory in Chapter 8 of Lord Of The Flies?Lord of the Flies byWilliam Golding

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In Chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies, as Jack challenges Ralph's leadership, he asks the boys to vote against Ralph.  But "the silence continued, breathless and heavy and full of shame."

In answer to this uncomfortable silence, Jack says, "all right then."  He lays the conch down as "humiliating tears run down his cheek":

'I'm not going to play any longer.  Not with you....I'm not going to be a part of Ralph's lot--....I'm  going off by myself.

As he blunders out of the triangle, Jack turns and glances back at Ralph:

For a moment he paused and then cried out, high-pitched, enraged.  "--No!"

Jack recalls the first time he contended for leadership.  In Chapter 1 as he and the choir marched up to where Piggy and Ralph were standing with the conch, Jack challenged Ralph then for the position of leader:

'Who wants Jack for chief?'

With dreary obedience the choir raised their hands.

'Who want me?" [Ralph]

Every hand outside the choir except Piggy's was raised immediately.  Then, Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air.

....Jack's face disappeared uder a blush of mortification.

Jack's scream of "--No!" is denial that he will be humiliated again.  Instead Jack runs, returning to the hunters over whom he becomes chief of the hunters.


mkcapen1 | Student

In chapter 8 Jack and Ralph had been to the mountain top to look for the beast.  Jack and Ralph had both wanted to call an assembly.  Ralph had blown the conch but Jack got mad and stated that he had called the meeting.  He wants to speak and Ralph disgustedly lets him.

At this point Jack tries to gain control of the group and get himself appointed chief.  He tries to get the boys to vote himself in.  When this does not work he runs off crying and upset.

Later Jack gets the group together and they hunt.  They are able to kill a pig.  Roger calls him chief.  While they are egtting the ehad off the pig to present part of it for the beast, the word beast evades Jack's thoughts ans he speaks.

"But we'll leave part of the kill for..."

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