Lord of the Flies

(CHAPTER 12) 'Then there was that indefinable connection between himself and Jack; who therefore would never let him alone; never' (p. 226) How does the author present the relationship between Ralph and Jack at this point in the novel?

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Educational Edition of Lord Of The Flies

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Both boys begin with a certain admiration for each other but the relationship quickly becomes antagonistic. Jack could not handle not being elected chief. Even when Ralph appeases him by giving over control of the choir, Jack remains rebellious and defiant. Jack uses his skills of projecting fear to manipulate situations that make Ralph look weak. I'm not entirely sure if Jack knows exactly why he hates Ralph. At one point in the story, Ralph asks Jack, "Why do you hate me?" It is telling that Jack does not answer because he really does not know. Jack hates anyone in authority other than himself. While Ralph is alive, Jack knows that he can use Ralph as an enemy-figure. Jack must publicly destroy Ralph's credibility if he (Jack) wants control.