Lord of the Flies Chapter 3 Summary & Quotes

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  • 0:01 Jack Hunts Alone
  • 0:45 Ralph vs. Jack
  • 2:15 Simon's Hideaway
  • 2:45 Notable Quotes
  • 3:50 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Katherine Garner

Katie teaches middle school English/Language Arts and has a master's degree in Secondary English Education

This lesson provides a summary of chapter three of William Golding's 1954 novel, 'Lord of the Flies', as well as an analysis of several of the quotes from the main characters in the chapter.

Jack Hunts Alone

At the beginning of Huts on the Beach, chapter three of Lord of the Flies, Jack is hunting by himself in the woods. He is quietly using all of his senses to look for clues leading to a pig. He crouches low to the ground, searching for prints, marks on bushes, and droppings. He also closes his eyes and sniffs the air and listens for the smallest noise. He is extremely intent on finding and killing an animal; his failure to do so in chapter one seems to be driving him towards an obsession to hunt.

Eventually, he comes across some droppings and, seeing that they are still warm, realizes that a pig is nearby. He prepares to make his move, but all of a sudden he hears the pig squeal and run away. Jack leaves the jungle to rejoin the group, feeling more frustrated and intent on killing a pig than before.

Ralph vs. Jack

Jack returns to the clearing where Ralph and Simon are trying, rather unsuccessfully, to build shelters out of sticks and leaves. They have only managed to build two poorly constructed shelters after days of work. Ralph is frustrated because all of the boys besides Simon have abandoned the task. They are all running around the island, playing in the bathing pool. He accuses Jack of being so preoccupied with hunting that he and his hunting group have not helped with any other task on the island; not only has the hunting group neglected the fire and did not help with the shelters, but they have not actually caught anything yet either. Jack, who is already sensitive about the fact that he hasn't been able to kill anything, insists that hunting is important and that he will kill something soon.

The boys then walk around the island, examining the fire. Ralph is still worried that it is not producing enough smoke for any ship to be able to see it. Suddenly, Jack yells out, 'Got it!' and Ralph thinks that he has spotted a ship or has a solution for the fire. Jack was actually thinking about hunting pigs the whole time, and he yelled out because he realized that the pigs probably go up to a higher part of the mountain to escape the heat in the middle of the day, and they could trap them there.

Ralph is extremely annoyed and angry that all Jack can think about is hunting. He tells him that he is tired of no one helping him and says that hunting is different for Jack because he actually enjoys it and wants to be doing it. Jack points out that Simon helps Ralph, and at that point they realize that Simon is no longer nearby working on the shelters. They assume that he went to the bathing pool along with the other boys. They decide to bathe and eat and get back to their respective tasks, hunting and building.

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