In the novel, Lord of the Flies, how does Golding hint that life on this island and the boys' sense of order are going to deteriorate?

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In his novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding explores what happens when civilized children are left on an island alone.  The boys crash land on the island during a war in the future, and Ralph and Piggy find a conch.  When they blow the conch, the noise helps the boys gather. The boys establish order by using the conch to speak and elect Ralph as the leader.  The boys explore the island, try to kill a pig, return to a meeting, and while Ralph is talking, Jack is preoccupied with his knife. Jack wants to kill a pig, which is a helpful idea, but his fascination with his knife is a warning.  Throughout this beginning, Jack holds onto his knife, his intense interest in killing a pig or a "beastie", and his subtle defiance of Ralph's leadership.  All of these warn of trouble to come. 

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