16.How does the author show us that Ralph is finally beginning to face the realities of their existence?
The author shows us that Ralph is finally beginning to face the realities of their existence by strating a disposition within Ralph, toward his position as leader of the group of boys, that was not apparent before: ??We need an assembly. Not for fun. Not for laughing, and falling off the log...not for making jokes, or for...cleverness. Not for these things. But to put things straight?? (84). Ralph, who had previously reacted to situations instead of acting to prevent them from occurring, was now critically analysing the boys? increasing problems caused by a failure to consistently work as a group.
Previously, Ralph would do the work for the boys with some help from Simon; however, he now realized that the many problems the boys faced could not be tackled by an individual: ??We were going to have water brought from the stream and left in those coco-nut shells under fresh leaves...[n]ow
there?s no water...[p]eople drink from the river. Not that there?s anything wrong with drinking from the river...[o]nly we said we?d have the water brought?? (85). Ralph brought up further issues of sanitation and equality that had not been observed by the group; however, the point he ended his speech with, may have been the most important: ??We?ve got to talk about this fear and decide there?s nothing in it...[a]nd be happy?? (88). Ralph was now truly strating qualities of an enviable leader; however, the group of boys seemed unappreciative of these qualities, suggesting that they may now intend to unseat Ralph, replacing him with a new leader.
17.Compare Ralph?s treatment of the little ?uns with Jack?s.
Though he initially possessed low tolerance for the little...