Ralph charges out and runs for his life. At each assembly, the boy holding the conch is the only one allowed to speak. Simon volunteers to cross the island alone to inform that the others won't be home until after dark. Jack punches Piggy in the gut. Ralph hides near Castle Rock, where he can see the other boys, whom he no longer recognizes as civilized English boys but as savages. A ship passes by the island but does not stop, perhaps because the fire has burned out.
He insists that the fire is the most important thing on the island, for it is their one chance for rescue, and declares that the only place where they should have a fire is on the mountaintop. Meanwhile, Simon finds the pig's head that the hunters had left. Flushed with pride, Ralph reenacts the hunt with a bigun named Robert. Jack attempts to assert control over the other boys, calling for Ralph's removal as chief, but when Ralph retains the support of the other boys Jack runs away, crying. Most of the older kids go with him, and Simon, hiding, watches Jack and Co.
I used to be so afraid that there was monsters in my closet that I set up all of my favorite stuffed animals in there. Piggy confides his hope that the boys on this island won't call him Piggy as they did back home. Suddenly they are attacked by Jack and some of the other boys, who grab some burning sticks. But now Jack comes back, very angry. Characterization in Chapter Seven also foreshadows the tragic events to come. He believes that it speaks to him, telling him how foolish he is and that the other boys think he is insane. Halfway up the mountain, Ralph decides it's foolish to go up in the dark.
They return to the shelters to sleep. Ralph admits that he is frightened but says that there is no legitimate reason to be afraid. Roger, Jack and Ralph keep walking, heading towards the mountain to light the fire and to find the beast. They think Simon is the beast as he comes running out of the woods. Ralph notices the island has caught fire. Roger wedges the giant rock loose. Piggy and Ralph feel a sort of belonging to the biguns and join their circle.
One of the littleuns mentions a snake thing, a beastie, which sends fear throughout the group. They scramble down the mountain and wake up Ralph. Ralph gazes at the sea; they are on the opposite side of the island and the view shows the wide expanse of the open sea rather than the calmer, more sheltered lagoon. Ralph proposes that they build a fire on the mountain which could signal their presence to any passing ships. A Foolish Quest Ralph reminds the boys that they need to look for the beast.
When they reach the other side of the island, Jack expresses his wish to build a fort near the sea. Jack challenges Ralph to join the hunt, and Ralph finally agrees to go simply to regain his position in the eyes of the group. When they reach Castle Rock, Ralph summons the other boys with the conch. This stereotype tended to associate these peoples with a very limited and barbaric culture, failing to appreciate the complex culture that events such as ritual dances expressed. When Bill asks Jack how they will start a fire, Jack claims that they will steal the fire from the other boys.
He vows to form a new group, and says anyone can join him when he hunts. The dead parachutist is driven by the wind, over the boys, and out to sea. Jack, embarrassed, leaves the tribe and goes into the forest. The parallel between boy and pig in the ritual is a powerful dramatization of the implications of the boys' giving in to their violent impulses, indicating that the children are no better than animals and that, like the pig, they too will be sacrificed to fulfill the brutal desires of Jack and his hunters. They are tired, and most of them run off, wanting to rest at the platform. They then cut off the head and leave it on a stake as an offering for the beast.
When the boys return from their expedition, Ralph calls a meeting and attempts to set rules of order for the island. This time, they slaughter a fat mother pig in a scene described somewhat as a rape , cut off her head, and jam it onto a stick in the ground. At this point, probably none of them—except possibly Jack and Roger—would go so far as to actually carry out such a plan. Golding continues to use imagery and symbolism to trace the boys' descent into disorder, violence, and amorality. The beast has scared the boys completely and the result of this is that they begin to have fear of themselves. Yet, like Jack, Ralph feels exhilarated during the hunt and begins to understand the primal appeal of killing pigs. Simon suggests that they are the beast.
Chapter 4: Painted Faces and Long Hair and Chapter 5: Beast From Water Chapter 4: Roger and Maurice bully the littluns on the beach. Ralph suddenly notices how dirty they all are and he really wants a hair cut and a tooth brush. Beaten and in danger, Robert tries to drag himself away. The assembled boys discuss their situation and vote on a chief, choosing Ralph over Jack. Nature is also of crucial significance in this chapter. As the storm begins, Simon rushes from the forest, telling about the dead body on the mountain.
He does not want to leave the littluns alone with all night. Chapter 7 Summary The boys stop to eat as they travel toward the mountain. He rushes down the mountain to alert the other boys about what he has found. He thinks that the boys have only been playing games, and he scolds them for not behaving in a more organized and responsible manner as is the British custom. Ralph suggests that Jack remain in charge of the choirboys, designating them hunters. Ralph's sense of defeat in the face of the ocean in this chapter thus indicates that he is beginning to register the power of nature and the part it plays in their struggle for rescue and self-government. Only Roger agrees to accompany them.