Jack torments Piggy and runs away, and many of the other boys run after him. The smallest boys have not helped at all, while the boys in Jack's choir, whose duty is to hunt for food, have spent the day swimming. Ralph looks to the mountain top, but the signal fire has gone out. These two events represent the different strands of human behavior inherent on the island. Jack's crew attacks Ralph and Piggy and steals Piggy's eyeglasses to make fire on their own. Jack comes to Ralph and Piggy asking who has blown the conch? Because that instinct is natural and present within each human being, Golding asserts that we are all capable of becoming the beast. Jack tells Ralph that he feels as if he is being hunted himself when he hunts for pigs.
Some of the older boys, including Ralph and especially Simon, are kind to the littluns; others, including Roger and Jack, are cruel to them. The subject of the beast is brought up. The hunters track down a pig and kill it. He goes off into the woods to contemplate the situation while Jack and Ralph ascend the mountain and find the beast—but don't stick around long enough to see that it is in fact only a dead man. As the boys settle into life on the island, factions develop. The littluns, who spend most of their days eating fruit and playing with one another, are particularly troubled by visions and bad dreams. Eventually Jack admits that he was at fault and apologizes for not keeping the fire going.
Chapter 7: The hunt for the beast continues. He races to the top, but is unable to light it in time. Ralph tries to blow it and suddenly it makes a large sound that fills the atmosphere. Ralph decides to join the hunters on their expedition to find the beast, despite his wish to rekindle the fire on the mountain. Because all there is to eat is fruit, nuts, and very rarely, fish, they all suffer from stomachaches and diarrhea. The narrator explains, 'Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Simon leaves to sit in the open space that he found earlier.
Ralph positions the other boys and tells a boy named Simon and Jack to go search for more survivors. Henry, for example, assumes a dictatorial manner, experimenting further with mastery over other creatures as he traps tiny transparent beach scavengers in his footprints. Jack, obsessed with the idea of killing a pig, camouflages his face with clay and charcoal and enters the jungle to hunt, accompanied by several other boys. All of the sudden tens of boys begin to come to the lagoon! This makes clear the dichotomy dividing Ralph and Piggy from Jack and the hunters. Piggy dismisses these images as mirages caused by sunlight striking the water. He secedes and invites whoever wants to come with him and kill things like more pigs, and maybe some people if they feel like it. Ralph realizes the hunters have let the fire go out.
He decides to camouflage himself by painting his face with dark shades of clay and charcoal. When the boys play, they still obey some sense of decency toward one another, despite the lack of parental authority. He immediately becomes the target of the other boys who make fun of him. We also meet Piggy in chapter 1. These quotes also show the tension building between Ralph and Jack. But Simon instead is walking around the jungle alone.
The hunters race back to the beach to steal fire. At the assembly, Jack, Simon, and Ralph decide to explore the island. Simon, Ralph, and Piggy represent the idea that power should be used for the good of the group and the protection of the littluns—a stance representing the instinct toward civilization, order, and morality. Piggy urges Ralph to blow into the shell, using it to summon any other survivors to the beach. After not finding the beast, Ralph notices the fire has gone out. By the time all three have reached the dormant fire site, the ship is gone.
Jack claims that the conch is now irrelevant. Ralph ends up running for his life, finds out that there's a head-on-stick future planned for him, and at last makes it to the shore of the island where he runs into… an officer of the British Navy. Piggy is hurt to be excluded from the search party, and Ralph placates him by giving him the job of taking the names of all the boys who remain behind at the platform. Furious, Ralph tells Jack about the ship. Chapter 1: The Sound of the Shell A plane evacuating British boys has been shot down in the Pacific. Piggy protests, but Ralph sends him back to take names.
Ralph says there are no monsters on the island. That night, during an aerial battle, a pilot parachutes down the island. They chop off its head and offer it to the beast as a sacrifice. Eventually, only Ralph, Piggy, and Simon are left. The three boys see the dead parachutist who they mistake for the beast and run away as fast as they can. The littluns occupy themselves by building castles in the sand, complex structures whose fine details are only noticeable from close range. They build a fire and roast the pig.
They scramble down the mountain and wake up Ralph. So Piggy walks along the side of the beach and drops his pants with no warning and relieves himself. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. When one of the littleuns, Henry, wanders off, Roger follows him. All the boys thought this would be an ordinary school trip: or so they thought.