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Why might the passage below be considered ironic?

Jack held out his hands for the conch and stood up, holding the delicate thing carefully in his sooty hands. 'I agree with Ralph. We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are the best at everything. So we've got to do the right things.

A

It's ironic because Jack both respects the conch and calls for everyone to obey the rules when he just finished arguing that the conch doesn't count on the mountain.

B

It's ironic because Jack is going out of his way to agree with Ralph, even though we know he wants Ralph's position as chief.

C

It's ironic because he argues that the British are superior when its clear that they are being beaten in a nuclear war, which is why the boys were evacuated and how they landed on this island.

D

It's ironic because Jack's hands are "sooty" and filthy, while the conch is gleaming white and "delicate".

E

Though it might seem ironic at first glance, it's actually merely unfortunate that Jack is hogging the conch and not giving Piggy and others a chance to speak.

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