As they all return to the signal fire, they stop to eat and regain their energy. Whilst doing so, Ralph ponders and feels concern over the others, thinking that they have lost their discipline and abandoned their missions in pursuit of silly follies. He then begins to lose hope but Simon swiftly raises his spirits by showing confidence that they’ll escape.
Whilst they are on the way, the group find pig droppings and Jack convinces the group to pursue it. It turns out to be a boar. Ralph, whilst on this hunt, throws his spear and, although grazing the boar, he is proud of his aim. Jack then reveals his arm, which he says has been tusked by the boar.
The group loses the boar but all are still wrapped up in the thrill of the chase and decide to reenact the hunt, using one of them to act as the boar, a boy named Robert. The boys worryingly blur the lines between game and reality as they almost kill Robert before remembering.
Robert then mentions that using a real boar next time will be ideal and Jack replies that using a littlun will do. Ralph then has to remind them of what they are saying. Simon then goes back to Piggy and the littluns to tell them that they won’t return for a while, not until late at least.
As true night approaches, Ralph suggests that the group wait until light before climbing a mountain as it won’t be wise. When the hunt recommences, Jack challenges Ralph to join the hunt and Ralph is forced to agree in order to prove himself to the group. Jack, Ralph, and Roger climb the mountain.
They allow Jack to surmount the peak first, but he returns, panicked, and tells them that he sees it. The two others then hurry up, see the mass of the parachutist, mistake it for a beast, and they also flee back to the group in order to tell them.
Lord Of The Flies
First published in 1954, William Golding’s debut novel, now a classic, is a stark story of survival, probing the depths of human nature, and what happens when civilisation collapses. As dystopian stories like The Hunger Games and Battle Royale surge in popularity, this haunting tale of a group of young boys stranded on a desert island still captivates schoolchildren around the world, raising timeless and profound questions about how easily society can slip into chaos and savagery when rules and order have been abandoned.