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Why do Ralph and Jack decide to go find the beast?

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There had been much uncertainty and speculation about the existence of a beast on the island. Ralph had called a meeting to clear things up and it was at this point that Jack brought up the subject. He especially blamed the littluns for their repeated references to the beast stating that:

"You littluns started all this, with the fear talk. Beasts! Where from?"

One of the liitluns claimed that the beast came from the sea and another, Phil, claimed to have heard and seen the beast during the night, but it was soon established that it was Simon who he saw. It was clear, however, that the boys were fearful of this unknown entity and that this fear had in some way led to dissent amongst the boys. Jack promised to hunt down the beast and kill it.

The twins, Sam and Eric,...

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