Because Jack and his raiders can’t steal burning branches, they attack Ralph’s group and steal Piggy’s glasses. This chapter reveals the boys’ responses to their actions of the night before, when they beat Simon to death in a tribal frenzy.
Jack ‘s tribe successfully stealing Piggy’s glasses is important because it is a turning point that symbolizes the ascendancy of Jack’s side over Ralph ‘s.
What is Jack’s reaction to the news of the beast? He says they need to go out & hunt the thing & Piggy will stay back with the littluns.
How does Jack’s tribe successfully flush Ralph out of the woods? They smoke him out with fire. They hit him with rocks.
Ralph and Jack engage in a fight which neither wins before Piggy tries once more to address the tribe. Any sense of order or safety is permanently eroded when Roger, now sadistic, deliberately drops a boulder from his vantage point above, killing Piggy and shattering the conch.
In the darkness, Simon crawls into the group and tries to tell them what he has seen but it is too late. The boys have lost all control and thinking he is the Beast, they kill Simon – even Ralph and Piggy are involved. That night, Simon’s body is carried out to sea.
He insists that Ralph is a coward and that he himself would be a better leader. But after no one else agrees by vote, Jack leaves the group in tears. Hours later, many of the boys have left Ralph to join Jack’s tribe, lured by the promise of hunting, eating meat and having fun.
Piggy’s glasses are symbolic for a number of reasons in Lord of the Flies. The spectacles represent the boys’ only means of obtaining fire through reflecting the sun’s rays, and fire itself is symbolic of survival and rescue. Later, Jack punches Piggy which cause the glasses to fall, smashing one side.
During this raid, Piggy mistakenly believes that Jack wants the conch. However, Jack really wants Piggy’s glasses. When he has these in his possession, “he was the chief now in truth.” His group is completely independent of Ralph’s because now he can make fire on his own.
What is ironic about the twins ‘ declaration that it was the beast? the parachuter could have meant rescue. Why are the boys so ready to accept the idea that the parachutist is the beast? Because they didn’t know what he looked like and now they know where he is.
2. Who is tending the fire when the “beast” is discovered? 2. Sam and Eric are tending the fire.
Ralph and Jack decide to go and find the beast because as the unspoken leaders of the island of boys, they have to. Jack does so because he wishes to hunt and kill the beast; while Ralph does so because he doesn’t wish to lose face before the other boys.
Jack then instructs his savages to heave massive boulders into the thicket in hopes of killing Ralph or flushing him from the thick brush. After narrowly avoiding several large boulders that crash through the thicket, Ralph begins smelling smoke and is forced to fight his way out of the thicket.
He cries tears of regret and sadness rather than tears of joy. Golding puts it best when he writes, ” Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
Jack and his boys did not pursue Ralph because they seemed terrified of going into the dark forest and preferred to return to the safety of Castle Rock.