In my opinion Chapter 2 is the spark which ignites the whole story. The main plot and many of the sub-plots begin here and the reader really begins to understand the dynamics of the story and the relationships within. By studying the chapter I have picked out the 3 points which i think are the most important (although Alex King, dare I say it, you made a very good point, "In my personal opinion I think that when the small boy asks Ralph what he is going to do about the "Beastie", is the most important part." I do agree with you here but I have not included it in my response.)
1. The Fire Beacon
2. The Death of the "Birth Marked Boy"
3. Piggy's Outburst
However, everyone is going to write about these three so I have chosen three entirely separate ones just to be different :)
1. Ralph Discovers he is a Born Leader
2. Piggy Becomes More and More Isolated
3. Ralph and Jack Strengthen their Relationship
1. Ralph, although shy at first, quickly becomes accustomed to giving orders,
" 'Well then.'
All at once he found he could talk fluently and explain what he had to say."
This is a sign of maturity and separates him from the other boys.
Ralph assures the boys that rescue will come,
"The assembly was lifted towards safety by his words. They liked and now respected him. Spontaneously they began to clap and presently the platform was loud with applause."
This shows that Ralph can sympathise with the audience to gain their approval.
2. The boys gang up on Piggy as he is an easy target and by making him a common enemy they feel empowered. This if anything shows exactly how childish the boys are because they aren't yet able to see beyond their own enjoyment. Piggy doesn't join in with the activities such as collecting firewood, he observes and comments rather than helping. This shows that he distances himself from the other boys and considers himself to be above them,
" 'Like kids!' he said scornfully. 'Acting like a crowd of kids!' "
3. Ralph and Jack find themselves alone carrying a tree branch together,
"Once more, amid the breeze, the shouting, the slanting sunlight on the high mountain, was shed that glamour, that strange invisible light of friendship, adventure and content."
With no one to observe their actions, they are no longer competing and discover a simple joy in friendship.
In summary, by taking time out of my heavy RuneScape schedule, Alex = Awesome.
First and foremost I disagree with all of the above posts solely because they posted before me :) and i pre-emptively disagree with Emma's post for obvious reasons.