Ralph wanted to pretend that the boys were still civilized schoolboys, “Daylight might have answered yes; but darkness and the horrors of death said no.” The contrast between light and dark shows how all the violence takes place during the night where their embarrassment of their violent actions are hidden by a veil of shadow. The author implies that most of the …show more content…
A cat’s attack usually involves wildly scratching the opponent and they usually cause the opponent to bleed. Ralph’s wild attack implies that he was desperate and acting civilized would only get him killed because the savages were beyond negotiation.
In the blue sky, a “blanket of smoke” was approaching. This smoke came from the fire and is growing out of control. This gives the reader a mood of excitement as they wonder if Ralph will survive the savages and the pernicious fire. The author implies that the savages were too focused on Ralph to pay attention to their fire in castle rock.
Jack’s fire had attracted the attention of the Navy as “a naval officer stood on the sand.” Jack only cared about meat but the unmonitored fire had grown big enough to cause a rescue boat to arrive. Jack’s obsession with killing Ralph ironically allowed the boys to rescue. Golding implies that even though they had different uses for the fire, the fire ended up satisfying both Ralph and Jack.
When the officer asks who the boss was, Ralph claimed he was and Jack “started forward, then changed his mind and stood still.” Jack realized he failed at being the chief because in the end Ralph still reached his goal when Ralph wasn’t chief. The author implies that Jack respects Ralph for surviving against all the savages