Curriculum Vital

    The Education Umbrella Guide to Lord of the Flies
    Chapter three ‘Huts on the Beach’
    Summary and analysis

    This chapter summary is part of the Education Umbrella Guide to Lord of the Flies, which features chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, analysis of the symbols and objects, character profiles, and a scheme of work. 

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    Summary

    Jack was bent double. He was down like a sprinter, his nose only a few inches from the humid earth.

    Alone in the jungle, Jack stalks a pig. Once within range, he launches his spear, but misses. The pig escapes.

    Jack returns to the camp, thirsty and annoyed. Ralph and Simon are trying to build a shelter. Ralph explains that none of the other boys help, and that Jack’s hunters have been similarly unsuccessful in their role. The two boys argue: Jack complains that they need meat; Ralph insists the priority ought to be shelters. Eventually they calm down and go to the bathing pool.

    Ralph and Jack expect to find Simon at the pool, but he has left in search of fruit. He picks some for the younger boys who have followed him, then departs alone. He advances through dense jungle to a hidden cabin. As the sun sets, he surveys the natural splendour.

    Analysis

    He lowered his chin and stared at the traces as though he would force them to speak to him. Then dog-like, uncomfortably on all fours yet unheeding his discomfort, he stole forward five yards and stopped.

    Sun-burnt and nearly naked, Jack becomes increasingly savage. There is now something dark and sinister about him: ‘He passed like a shadow under the darkness of the tree and crouched’.

    Jack is consumed by one wish: ‘From the pig-run came the quick, hard patter of hoofs, a castanet sound, seductive, maddening—the promise of meat.’

    ‘Castanets’ are small wooden instruments used in traditional Spanish dances. This adds to the sense of frenzied desire in Jack.

    Ralph, by contrast, is more concerned with...

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