In chapter seven of Lord of the Flies by William Golding, how does Ralph feel when he wounds the boar?

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jack is the boy who is obsessed with hunting in Lord of the Flies by William Golding; however, in chapter seven, Ralph goes hunting and actually hits the pig with his spear. It is a dramatic moment for Ralph and, for one of the first times, Ralph and Jack have something in common. 

It is true that all Ralph really does is make a surface wound on the boar's snout, but it is enough to send  his adrenaline pumping. He wants to tell everyone all about it, and he even repeats himself in his excitement. He feels "the need for witnesses" and asks if the other boys saw what he did. They did.

Ralph talked on, excitedly.
“I hit him all right. The spear stuck in. I wounded him!”
He sunned himself in their new respect and felt that hunting was good after all.

It does not take long for this hunting euphoria to wear off, but for a short time, Ralph understands what it must feel like to hunt and kill and is part of the hunting obsession. 

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