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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Social Setting Chloe Gardner This was the first time where the relationship between Piggy and Ralph is shown. From here on the reader can tell that Ralph is always going to be a higher status than Piggy, yet Piggy will follow him. The social setting in the Lord of theFlies effects the story because it is the reason for conflict and change. The government is changed throughout the book. The boys were all unified as one in the beginning with one leader, but as the story goes on a power struggle commences and the group splits up. The reader is able to experience all of that change because of the use of social setting. "The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this proffer of acquaintance was not made; the fair boy called Ralph smiled vaguely, stood up, and began to make his way once more toward the lagoon. The fat boy hung steadily at his shoulder," (9). "Who wants me?' Every hand outside the choir except Piggy's was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air. Ralph counted. 'I'm cheif then," (Ralph, 23). The boys have just picked Ralph to be chief. This is one of the first interests the boys have shown in havinga government or civilized society since their plane crashed on the island. "And another thing. We ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that's a meeting. The same up here [on the mountain] as down there. ... "I agree with Ralph. We've got to have more rules and obey them," (Ralph, 42). At this point Ralph is starting to take on his job as chief, making rules. Ralph wants to make sure that the island stays civilized. "Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting kids was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger's arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins," (62). Even though Roger is on this island and rules don't apply, he still follows the old rules because that is what he has always been taught to do. Thisis an example of Macro setting. "It's time some people knew they've got to keep quiet and leave deciding the to rest of us.' Ralph could no longer ignore his speech. The blood was hot in his cheeks. 'You haven't got the conch . . . sit down" (Jack, Ralph, 102). Ralph gets really mad at Jack because he is acting like he is all high and mighty when he isn't in charge, Ralph is. This is one of the first places where Ralph and Jack begin to have a huge dispute. "And the next is that Ralph said that my hunters are nogood.' 'I never said that!' [said Ralph] 'I've got the conch, Ralph thinks you're cowards, runningaway from the boar and the beast. And that's not all" (Jack, Ralph, 126) At this point in the story Ralph and Jack are in a true competition over who should get to be chief.Jack says what he says to make Ralph look bad to all the other boys, so they won't like him anymore. "I say this. we aren't going to bother about the beast.' He nodded at them. 'We're going to forget about the beast.' . . . 'And another thing. We shan't dream so much down here. This is near the end of the island" (Jack, 133). Once Jack has separated from Ralph's group, hemakes his own set of rules for his group to follow. "I'm chief,' said Ralph tremulously. 'And what about the fire? And I've got the conch-" (Ralph, 150). Ralph is just so fed up with Jack at this point because Jack stole all Ralph's men, and he came in and took over the role of chief from Ralph. "The newly beaten and untied Wilfred was sniffing noisily in the background" (160). When Jack got mad he had some of the boys in his group tie up a boy named Wilfred for no reason. Jack does this to show his power overthe boys. He is trying to show that he is in charge and that is going to be their relationship with each other. 'They're going to hunt you tomorrow.' [said Samneric]'But why?' [said Ralph]'I dunno. And Ralph, Jack, the chief, says it'll be dangerous-" (Samneric, Ralph, 188). Samneric are telling Ralph that he needs to leave and hide because Jack and a few of his group members are going to come and kill him. This is because Jack knows that Ralph has the power to overthrow him, and he wants to make if for-sure that Ralph can't dothat by killing him. Jack likes the amount of powerhe has and he wants to keep it that way without Ralph coming in and messing things up.
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