Which two boys almost fight in chapter three or Lord of the Flies and why?

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Ralph and Jack almost come to physical blows in their argument, which is about rescue and meat on the surface, but about civilization and savagery underneath. Ralph is upset because the other hunters with Jack returned long before, and only Simon is helping build shelters. Jack argues that hunting is more important, but Ralph maintains that without a place to sleep, they won't be able to last as a group.

It essentially becomes a fight over responsibilities, & it threatens the very shaky truce established after Ralph was voted leader. It is the first time Jack and Ralph have voiced their dissatisfaction with one another, and it sets the tone for the rest of the novel. Although they attempt to patch things over by playing in the water, “they looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate. All the warm salt water of the bathing pool and the shouting and splashing and laughing were only just sufficient to bring them together again.” So this is the first wedge driven into their friendship, & their mutual respect quickly becomes mutual distrust and hatred.

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