Lord of the Flies: Novel Summary: Chapter 6
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Golding’s sixth chapter starts with a very eerie introduction. He details the night-time arrival of a parachutist onto the mountain of the island. It’s often speculated that this is the plane’s pilot, yet Golding never confirms this one way or the other. The man in the parachute is dead: that’s for sure. Golding narrates, "There was a sudden bright explosion and corkscrew trail across the sky; then darkness again and stars. There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs."
Samneric, who are tending the fire, see this figure and run down to the shelters to tell the frightening news to Ralph. When morning comes. Jack and Ralph decide to seek out the beast at Castle Rock, and if they don’t find him there, they will search the mountain. Ralph leads the way, and Jack follows, yet when they reach the top no beast is in sight. This frustrates all the boys, but especially Ralph, who vents his frustrations on Jack. He tells the hunter, "We want smoke. And you go wasting your time. You roll rocks."
The hunters want to stay at Castle Rock to build a fort and roll more rocks, but Ralph convinces them to follow him to the mountain.