Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Why do the boys refuse to vote for Jack as chief in chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies but then slip off to join him later?

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The answer to this question is subjective. What the text tells readers is that Jack calls for a vote that would have Ralph removed as leader, and the boys do not say anything. No hands go up into the air either:

He looked expectantly at the boys ranged round, who had frozen. Under the palms there was deadly silence.

"Hands up," said Jack strongly, "whoever wants Ralph not to be chief?"

The silence continued, breathless and heavy and full of shame.

Readers are not told why the boys remain silent, and we are not told why so many boys sneak off to join Jack. It's also important to keep in mind that Jack...

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theschoolemo | Student

Remember the Beast??? Jack becomes a leader because he promises that he can protect them from the beast.  But the beast in the first place isn;t real and even he knows that, he just manipulates them into thinking it is real. Now think of why everyone mostly slips off to join him.  Would you want to be in a group that can't hunt and everything seems strict? or be in a group that can hunt and you can eat meat everyday, also the leader can protect you from the "beast", well of course every one woudl choose the latter group.

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dreampup027 | Student

The boys do not vote Jack to be leader because Jack does not ask them to. Jack asks, “Who thinks Ralph should not be leader anymore?” The other boys are follows and not leaders, they were never going to be responsible for making such a large decision. Ralph and Jack were the leaders and were making the decisions. The boys that slipped off with Jack later were mostly the same boys that were apart of Jack’s choir when they landed. They were always followers of Jack.

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