How Authority Is Established in Lord of the Flies

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Beast from fire

The clouds reached over Ralph like a burning tower of destruction and the wind sounded like a raging tiger. The sea was an ocean of red, orange and yellow and the boys felt warm. Ralph chose the firm strip as a path because he needed to think. Suddenly, pacing by the heat, he was overcome with astonishment. He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one’s walking life was spent watching one’s feet. He turned then and walked back towards the beach with the sun in his face. The time had come for an assembly and as he walked there with one hand trying to block the sun out of his face, he went carefully over the points of his speech. He got lost in a maze of thoughts by his lack of words to express them. He then started walking even faster by thinking about how important this meeting is. He felt urgency in himself and a little wind created by his speed breathed about his face. As he reached the beach he was kindly awaited by Simon, Jack and the other boys. He was offered a seat on his log as the others were settling in for the assembly. Ralph’s back faced the sun when he sat on the log and the boys saw him as a darkish figure against the shimmer of the lagoon. Assemblies always had ended up in laughter and so Ralph thought to himself that this one shouldn’t be like that. He also figured out that it was Jack who was the one who started it and so decide to criticize him on that. He faced the boys. He started “We need an assembly. Not for fun. Not for a joke. Not for being inhuman and savage but to live like a normal person.” There was silence among the boys and the only sound that stood was the one of the tide coming in from the sea. All the boys’ eyes gaped at Ralph. The littleuns were frightened and the older boys stood there in shock. Ralph carried on. “Jack you let a ship pass by last week and now you think this is just a laugh and that it is easy to survive on...
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