In "Lord of the Flies," why do most of the bigger boys go with Jack and what does Jack mean by, "Sharpen a stick at both ends"? This is all in chapter 8!

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In chapter eight, the majority of the biguns leave Ralph's group and decide to join Jack's tribe because they are attracted to his savage lifestyle and would rather hunt than attempt to build a civilized society. Jack's lifestyle is attractive to the boys' inherent primitive desires. They recognize that Jack embraces his primitive instincts and the biguns thoroughly enjoy the exhilarating feeling of hunting wild pigs. In contrast, they view Ralph as bossy, ineffective, and dull. After the older boys break away from Ralph's group, they participate in a hunting expedition with Jack and end up brutally murdering a pregnant sow. After savagely killing the pig, Jack severs its head off and instructs his followers to sharpen a stick at both ends. Jack intends to place the head of the pig onto the stake as a gift for the beast. Golding writes,

Jack held up the head and jammed the soft throat down on the pointed end of the stick which pierced through into the mouth. He stood back and the head hung there, a little blood dribbling down the stick (196).

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The bigger boys go with Jack because they want to be part of the hunt and they were former choir boys who think they owe allegiance to Jack. They want to show their bravery in the face of "the beast" and get a chance to experience the death of the pig. When Jack says, "sharpen a stick at both ends," he is getting ready to mount the Pig's head on a stick as an offering for the beast. One end of the stick will be in the ground and one will be in the pig's head. This shows how savage the boys, especially Jack, have become and sets up the "conversation" between Simon and the "Lord of the Flies".

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