Why Jack hates Ralph in the book Lord of the Flies, by William Golding.
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Jack hates Ralph for many reasons. In the beginning of the book, Jack wants to be chief. He nominates himself but is rejected as the boys’ leader. Instead Ralph is chosen this sparks a flame of hate within Jack. Further on in the book Ralph is portrayed to be getting in the way of Jack’s hunting. This happens when Ralph yells at Jack, for thinking about hunting when they needed shelters. The second spark that ignited Jack’s hatred toward Ralph would be on the mountain. This is when they saw the Beast (the parachute man). Out of fear Ralph stops, this makes Jack believe that Ralph is a coward and doesn’t deserve to be chief. He sees it as not fair, which angers him. Also, Jack thinks that Ralph is getting benefits (as leader) when he “hasn’t earned them.”Jack believes that since he got meat for everyone he has “earned” the title of chief. Later, when Ralph begins to lose power and Jack proposes that he replace the “chief”, Jack is still rejected. This brings him to tears and angers him so much that he decided to make his own separate community. Even when that happened, some boys still chose to stay with Ralph. Jack might feel that no matter how hard he tries; Ralph always seemed to be more able to win the boys’ favor, making Jack feel powerless like the littluns. This would especially anger him because at the very beginning of the book he is the leader of the choir boys. He was always obeyed by them, and didn’t like the change when Ralph became leader. Basically, he hated Ralph because he thought Ralph did not deserve the title.
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