The Relationship of Jack and Ralph in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

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The Relationship of Jack and Ralph in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

The relationship ship between Ralph and Jack is essential to what happens in Lord of the flies. Things start off well at the first meeting when Jack and the choir first arrive and are greeted by Ralph and the other boys. The group of boys vote for a chief who turns out to be Ralph as "The circle of boys broke into applause. Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack's face disappear under a blush of mortification" making him feel embarrassed that he has not been chosen chief and that his choir are not supporting him.

Then Ralph says "the choir belongs to you of, course" and "The suffusion drained away from Jack's
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Ought to be some left" without even looking at Jack. Then explaining to Jack, Ralph says "Been working for days. And look" showing him two very shaky shelters. Ralph then goes on to say "Meetings. Don't we love meetings? Every day. Twice a day. We talk. I bet if I blew this conch this minute they'd come running. Then we'd be, you know, very solemn, and someone would say we ought to build a jet, or a submarine, or a TV set. When the meeting was over they'd work then wonder off or go hunting". This sums up how annoyed Ralph is at the lack of progress they have been making and also it ties in how he thinks hunting is not important as he links it in with wondering off.

At this Jack flushes and says "We want meat" in a clearly insulted way. Then Ralph says how they still haven't got any meat, the shelters were more important and that the other hunters came back hours before and had been swimming the whole time. Jack then to "convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up" and again "the madness came into eyes again" but Ralph does not see it in the way Jack does. Ralph says "but you haven't" referring to Jack and his hunters still not getting any meat in an undertone making his annoyance obvious. Then Jack goes on to say "But I shall! Next time! I've got to get a barb on this spear! We wounded a pig and the spear fell out. If we could only make barbs-"
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