Devolution of the Conch
The character Jack voices his desire for an organization more like that of a dictatorship, while possibly speaking for other boys in the group as well. He believes that the passing about of the conch only encourages more disarray and “[wastes] time” (101). He insists that they “don’t need the conch anymore” (102), indirectly implying that the boys shouldn’t have freedom of speech. When other boys share their ideals, they are often speaking against him and his ideas about how they ought to do things. Toward the beginning the boys endeavored to work together in equality. Jack, however, ambitiously pushes to attain the position of single leader. He asserts that the other boys must “keep quiet and [leave] deciding things to the” others (102). The younger boys have started to lean toward his way of thinking as well. Though they have their own thoughts and ideas, sometimes they’d rather know exactly what to do and follow Jack. Jack being leader promises quicker satisfaction, such as the finding of meat, while Ralph strives to achieve a more long-term goal, that of being rescued. To Ralph, “the fire is the main thing,” but to Jack, everything is about “the brilliant world of hunting” (102, 71). The rivalry between the leaderships of Jack and Ralph continues to mount, affecting the intentions and the evolution of the boys on the island.

Ch 5: "Beast from Water" & Ch 6: "Beast from Air" small group mini-essay paragraph writing challenge (in lieu of the typical in-class essay):

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