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What does Jack admit to Ralph and Simon that he sometimes feels when hunting in Lord of...

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Posted July 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM via web

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What does Jack admit to Ralph and Simon that he sometimes feels when hunting in Lord of the Flies?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 18, 2011 at 7:53 PM (Answer #1)

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Three, in which Jack, in spite of his lack of success in hunting, reveals to Ralph and Simon the way that he is becoming obsessed with the hunt and the kind of violence that it involves. The "compulsion to track down and kill" is said to be "swallowing him up," as is made clear from the folllowing revelation:

"I went on. I thought, by myself--"

The madness came into his eyes again.

"I thought I might kill."

It is highly revealing that words such as "madness" and "compulsion" are used with reference to Jack and his desire to kill and shed blood, and also note the way that in response to this confession, Ralph himself, the boy who most represents the order of civlisation in his person, is said to feel "some hidden passion" as he responds to Jack, foreshadowing the way in which the blood frenzy will even overpower Ralph.

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