Savage Behavior

LOTF Poster

Evidence #1

"We need an assembly. Not for fun. Not for laughing and falling off the log' - the group of jokes or, for... for cleverness. Not for these things. But to put things straight" (79). Ralph is explaining to the boys that they can't afford to miss another chance of being rescued, so they should stop fooling around and stick to the rules. If the hunters weren't so focused on killing a pig instead of keeping the fire going, they could have been saved from the island.
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Evidence #2

"We have lots of assemblies. Everybody enjoys speaking and being together. We decide things. But they don't get done" (79). This quote is similar to the first, in that Ralph at this point is not mentally stable, based on the events that have recently occurred. He is trying to make sure the boys will make it off this island as chief, but if they aren't listening and doing whatever they want, nothing will matter.
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The conch shell is definitely a big symbol of chapter 5 (and the whole book). The conch plays a big role because it's how the boys try and manage to keep things civil on the island, but now with some boys deciding not to follow the rules of the conch, things will definitely start to get chaotic (even more than it has been).
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Evidence #3

"And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do. You can't hunt, you can't sing-

I'm chief. I was chosen.

Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don't make any sense-

Piggys got the conch.


The rules! You're breaking the rules" (91)!

This dialogue between Jack and Ralph is showing the rebellion of Jack, and shortly after, the rest of the boys (except Simon and Piggy) leave the assembly with him. Things aren't looking good for the boys anytime soon.