Jack has figured out that he needs to paint his face in different colors, so
the pigs wont see him when he is hunting them. Then he takes some of
the boys hunting.
Ralph has been swimming in the pool when he suddenly sees smoke. He realizes
that it is coming from a ship and begins shouting , "Smoke, smoke!"
The others rush out of the pool. It takes a while before they see it as well.
But eventually they do too. "Theyll see our smoke!" Ralph
says. "Were rescued!" They cant believe it! "Were
Suddenly Piggy says, "I know I cant see very well, but have we
got any smoke?" It takes a while before anyone really realizes what he
has asked. Of course they have smoke. The smoke on the mountain from their
fire. They all look in the direction of their fire when they realize that
there is no smoke coming from the mountain. Ralph is the first one to start
running to check it out without even thinking to put on his clothes. As a
result his body gets badly bruised and scratched in the forest. Simon, Maurice
and Piggy follow him as fast as they can.
When Ralph reaches the top, he sees that the fire is dead, and the watchers
are gone. Ralph screams at the ship: "Come back! Come back!" but
to no avail. In anger he yells, "they let the bloody fire die out."
Looking around to see where the boys who were supposed to be watching the
fire had gone, he saw them. Instead of staying at their post, they had gone
hunting. They were coming up the mountain carrying a stake on their shoulders.
When they reached the top they couldn't stop talking about their hunt. Ralph
confronts them and yells at them, "You let the fire out." Ignoring
the significance of this act, Jack says they only let the fire out for a couple
of hours because they needed the watchers as hunters. "There was a ship!"
Jack doesnt know what to say or do. He knows its his fault but
he tries to divert the attention from himself to Piggy because the fat boy
starts to cry. Jack begins to yell at him and punches him in the stomach.
He even breaks one of his lenses. After a while he apologizes and they start
the fire again. The incident doesn't seem to affect the others as they enjoy
eating the roasted meat.
Ralph decides to call a meeting, an assembly, to discuss the problems that
are evident to him. He mentions that work isnt getting done, and rules
arent being followed. He tries to drive home the fact that we
ought to die before we let the fire go out.
All the young children, however, are preoccupied with the Beast, which they
still believe exists on the island. Jack tries to reassure them and says that
hes been everywhere, and there is no beast, and Piggy says that a beast
cant exist n a world with science. However, a littlun still steps
up and says that he saw something horrid in the forest (which was actually
Simon returning in the dark from his peaceful area.). Another littlun
says that there may be a beast, but that its only us. However,
this is received with jeers as it seems to be a preposterous notion.
During the assembly, Jack tries bring up the fact that Ralph isnt a
good chief, because he cant hunt or sing. Piggy and others object to
the idea, but Jack is starting to become more and more savage and overpowering.
The assembly soon falls apart and the hunters begin to chant and dance.
Unbeknown to the boys, during the night something strange happens. A dead
body in a parachute descends on the island. This figure seems to have come
from an explosion in the sky.
Next morning the twins are up on the mountain, doing their job and keeping
the fire alive. Suddenly Eric notices the body which from a distance appears
to be alive, and is flapping huge wings. The twins are terrified, and run
back to the other boys..
They wake up Ralph, and a meeting is arranged. Sam and Eric explain what
they have seen, and they all agree that they will have to find out where this
beast lives. Ralph asks Jack if there is any area on the island that has not
been explored. After some thought Jack says that the tailed part, where the
rocks are all piled up has not been searched.
They decide to tackle this job and Jack leads the way. Everyone is carrying
spears, and they are all very nervous. When they reach the destination-point,
Ralph walks off to investigate the place, since he is the leader. Jack joins
him, and together they find out that there is no beast. At least not on that
side of the mountain.
They tell the others, and decide that they will have to search on the mountain
The most central theme of Lord of the Flies is probably the battle
between good and evil. Several conflicts on several different levels underline
and emphasize this theme. Examples of these conflicts are the conflicts between
the conch group and the savages, between the boys and the terrifying «beast»,
and the conflict between Jacks band on the one hand and Ralph and Simon
on the other