Conflict and Foreshadowing in Lord of the Flies, Chapters 1 to 7
The Choir Boys and Jack’s appearance is exceptionally militaristic, “Silence.” This illustrates Jack’s control. This is a complete antithesis of what is to come in the novel, disorder and savagery.
It is obvious from the first time that Ralph and Jack meet that there will be a struggle between them. In chapter one when the two meet, Jack automatically proclaims himself the leader while Ralph has himself in mind for the position, “I …show more content…
As the novel progresses, the two distrust each other more and more, and Jack begins to adopt animal-like characteristics. For example, at the beginning of chapter three, Jack is crawling on the ground looking for pig tracks, “down like a sprinter,” this illustrates that Jack is becoming more and more like the island. These differences and confrontations, such as the one where the boys are on a hunt for the beast and Ralph asks Jack why he hates him, lead to the final conflict between the boys.
Another conflict brewing during the plot is one of the weak versus the strong. Piggy is overweight, short-sighted, and asthmatic. His physical inferiority to the other boys on the island makes him a representation of weakness. In this natural, wild setting where survival is key, it becomes clear to the reader that Piggy will not make it off the island alive.
The third conflict illustrated in the earlier chapters is one of order versus chaos. Ralph represents logic, responsibility, civility, reason, and order. He is clearly feeling frustrated by the immature actions of the boys when they refuse to help build shelters on