In Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies, there is a line that says the following: "Next time there would be no mercy."  How does this line express Jack's thoughts?    

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That line appears in the final paragraph of chapter one. Jack has just failed to kill a wild pig that he came across in the forest. He failed because he hesitated. He hesitated because he had never killed anything before, and the amount of blood probably had him worried.

They knew very well why he hadn’t: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood.

Jack scolds himself about his failure because it makes him look weak in front of Ralph and Simon . The text says that Jack then took his knife out of its sheath and drove the blade into...

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