From the outset, we become aware of Jack's desire to be noticed and to lead. He deems himself the superior of other boys and does not see himself as a child, as indicated by his response when Ralph suggests that they should all have names and uses his first name:
“Kids’ names,” said Merridew. “Why should I be Jack? I’m Merridew.”
Ralph turned to him quickly. This was the voice of one who knew his own mind.
Ralph instinctively realizes that Jack is going to be difficult to deal with. When the boys later decide on Ralph as chief, Jack is clearly upset, but Ralph diplomatically arranges a compromise and asks him to lead the hunters. At this point, there is a "shy liking" between the two boys.
Jack is initially supportive of having rules and creating an environment in which everyone is respectful and dutiful. In chapter two, when Ralph suggests that they should have "hands up" like at school, he is excited about having rules and shouts:
“We’ll have rules!” he cried excitedly....
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