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Chapter 8 Plot Summary: Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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In chapter eight, Jack attempts to overthrow Ralph's leadership. Due to his arrogant belief that he held a majority in the group of boys, Jack attempted to gain leadership democratically by way of an election. Ralph won the vote by a landslide, which was an unsustainable blow to Jack's ego: "He [Jack] leapt down from the platform and ran along the beach, paying no heed to the steady fall of his tears; and until he dived into the forest Ralph watched him" (140). As a result of this upset, Jack abandoned the group of boys, taking a small portion of them with him to form a separate clan on the island.The newly formed clan was led by Jack. Jack's group consisted primarily of hunters, as such, their main activity of any given day was hunting. Jack, fearing the nt presence of the "beast" on the island, instructed his hunters to leave a small portion of each of their kills behind as a type of sacrifice to the "beast," in the hopes that the "beast" would be pleased and leave them alone: "'When we kill we'll leave some of the kill for it [the "beast"]. Then it won't bother us, maybe'" (147).The "Lord of the Flies" is introduced in chapter eight. Jack killed a sow, placing its head on a stake, claiming: "'This head is for the beast. It's a gift'" (151). Though most boys present exhibited few external signs of alarm at Jack's peculiar actions, the event greatly affected Simon. He began to hallucinate, believing the "Lord of...

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