Why does the narrator say that Ralph would never be a good chess player in The Lord of the Fies  by William Golding?

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This is a great question. We read of this in chapter seven and the narrator states:

"Ralph...would treat the day's decisions as though he were playing chess. The only trouble was that he would never be a very good chess player."

The main reason why the novel states that Ralph would not be a good chess player is because he lets his emotions out too much. In other words, he allow all his idea and thoughts (or strategies) be made known. Moreover, his emotions are open for all to see. 

More significantly, Ralph is inconsistent. For example, he joins the hunt, against his better judgment. Ralph even begins to enjoy it. The implication is that the boy begin to see the duplicity. 

Finally, Jack gains more and more power. If we translate this to chess, Jack begins to win. 


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