Jack says,"after all, we're not savages. We're English; and the English are best at everything.So we've got to do the right things."
What one word describes this kind of statement, knowing what we do? What has Jack already done in this chapter to disprove what he has said?
The assumed superiority of the English and their boarding school training have instructed that they are the best at everything in the world.
Therefore, out of national pride, the boys must pull themselves together and behave as they would be expected to in England, work hard, do their very best and be successful
Jack and the boys have already failed at making a successful signal fire. The fire burns quickly and then goes out. Their second attempt results in a row of trees being set ablaze.