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Why doesn't Jack kill the pig in Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies?

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starrr11 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2008 at 5:51 AM via web

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Why doesn't Jack kill the pig in Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies?

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siciliagenoa | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2008 at 6:14 AM (Answer #1)

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"Becase of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood."

jack is still an innocent boy and is unable to kill a living animal.

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 28, 2008 at 6:59 AM (Answer #2)

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Jack is still civilized in this early chapter.  The story is meant to bring out the idea that people have an inherent evilness within them that is only kept in check because of society's guidelines. The boys have just landed on the island in the scene in chapter 1 where the boys encounter the pig.  Being that recently removed from civilization, Jack still operates within the perameters of society, thus is unable to bring down the knife into the living flesh of the pig.  He vows afterward though that the next time he encounters a pig, he will not hesitate.  This is foreshadowing letting the reader know that he will lose the hesitation caused by civilization.

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