Why do you think that these boys ended up in the violence of the final chase in "Lord of the Flies"?

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The final chase in the novel has been building since the beginning of the book. Both Ralph and Jack wanted to be the chief of the boys. When Ralph won, Jack seemed to go along with the decision but he immediately separated himself from Ralph by choosing his choir for hunting. This puts the boys at odds immediately, because Ralph wants the boys to tend the fire, but Jack is more interested in hunting. This comes to a head when a boat passes by and the fire has gone out. After that, the split widens between to two boys. Jack begins to give in to his animal nature while Ralph desperately tries to keep the rules of civilization in tact. But, the rules break down, and Jack goes off to form his own group . This sets up the final contest between Ralph and Jack. After the death of Piggy, it is obvious that Jack intends to take over the leadership position from Ralph but he knows he will have to kill Ralph in order to do that. The violent end was inevitable from the very beginning because that is Golding's message. Golding is showing the innate evil inside of everyone that must be controlled by civilization and strong government. Ralph's inability to establish either because of Jack's constant opposition and his own weak leadership skills, allow Jack to become stronger and stronger until he can physically challenge Ralph for the leadership position. Fortunately, The British navy arrived to save the day or Ralph, and the island itself, would not have survived.

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