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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What is discovered in the cave in Lord of the Flies?

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In Lord of the Flies, the boys find little in the cave at Castle Rock.

Ralph walks ahead of the other boys and explores the cave by himself for a short time before he is joined by Jack. In the cave, the boys find nothing of value or use; there is no food, no shelter, and hardly any fresh water.

Jack and Ralph differ greatly in their reactions to the cave and its contents (or lack thereof). Jack immaturely notes that the cave would be a good location for a fort: “This would make a wizard fort.” As Jack excitedly talks about his plans for the hypothetical fort, Ralph is disappointed that the cave does not contain anything that might aid the boys in their survival. He is frustrated by the uselessness of the cave and says it is a “rotten place.”

As always, Ralph thinks of the greater good and collective well-being of everyone on the island, while Jack only thinks of himself.

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