Lord of the Flies

"Lord of the Flies", Chapter VIII

What unusual thing happens to Ralph after Jack leaves and after he realizes most of the biguns have left? What's the significance of his reaction?

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Right after Jack and the others leave, Ralph begins to talk to himself. His reaction is significant because for the first time we see him as unsure and lacking in confidence. He feels defeated...... hopeless. 

Softly, looking at Piggy and not seeing him, Ralph spoke to himself. “He’ll come back. When the sun goes down he’ll come.” He looked at the conch in Piggy’s hand.




Lord of the Flies