Explain the exchange of power at the beginning of Chapter 8 of "Lord of the Flies."

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There are two clear factions now: Ralph and the small crew still with him; Jack and the hunters - an increasingly larger group.  When, at Piggy's suggestion during a meeting, the boys begin to build a signal fire on the beach, it isn't long before they wander off.  Clearly, Ralph is not a good leader or the boys wouldn't have wandered off.  In the mean time, Jack leads his group of hunters on a hunt.  His group is growing because even though he is savage, he has good leadership skills.  He has promised the boys freedom from hunger and freedom from nightmares, two of the boys' main concerns.  During this hunt, the boys find a pig, and Jack savagely cuts its throat, severs the head, and places the head on a stick as a sacrifice to the "Lord of the Flies". There is no doubt that even though Ralph may retain the title of elected leader, he is not the true leader of the boys - Jack is. 

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