In Chapter 6 of "Lord of the Flies", what is different about Jack's and Ralph's reasons for going after the beast?

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Ralph's main concern is that the signal fire be kept going.  When Sam and Eric were tending the fire, they saw what turned out to be the dead parachutist but was mistakenly believed to be a beast. The parachutist landed not far from the fire and, in their desire to get back to safety, Sam and Eric let the fire go out.  Ralph says that they have to relight the fire so they must either find the beast or confront it in order to get the fire going.  Jack is excited at the prospect of hunting something as dangerous as a beast.  He likes the act of hunting something and he wants the glory that would come with it.  Glory from the boys would give him power and Jack is all about power.  Even hunting, to Jack, is about power because when he finds and kills something, he has exerted power over that thing.  The theme that equates Ralph with getting rescued and Jack with power continues when the boys find the small island next to theirs that has a rock bridge attaching the small island to the main one.  Jack sees it as a place for a fort because he could easily defend it and Ralph is irritated because the boys are all more interested in exploring this new fort and having fun than they are in starting the fire so that they might get rescued.

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