In chap. 8, why does Jack say that the beast is a hunter?Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Ralph and Jack become embroiled in competition for leadership in Chapter Seven of Lord of the Flies as they hunt and climb up the mountain.  Behind Ralph the sinister presence of Roger looms at all times as they search for the "beast." Having encountered "the ruin of a face," Ralph fled in fear. In Chapter Eight, then, this vying for the leadership continues, but Ralph's "panic flight down the mountainside" makes his speak in defeat:

"So we can't have a signal fire....We're beaten."

Then, when Jack asks "What about my hunters?" Ralph disparagingly retorts, "Boys armed with sticks."  And, Piggy chides Ralph, "Now you done it.  You been rude about his hunters."

So, Jack blows the conch and calls a meeting at which he angrily attempts to turn everyone against Ralph by establishing that something to be feared and respected as the beast hunts. Then, he tells the hunters that Ralph has said that they are cowards and "no good." This, too, is an attempt to turn the boys against Ralph. Then, he tells the boys that Ralph is not a hunter, implying that it will take a hunter like himself to lead.

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