In lord of the flies chapter 8  What is the significance of killing the sow? Will the boys ever be able to recover?

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With the killing of the first pig, the loss of the refinements of civilization that the boys brought with them to the island is confirmed. Jack hestitated to kill at first, as his upbringing and English sense of propriety taught him that life was to be preserved and respected. With the passage of time, however, the animal instincts and the inherent evil at the core of Jack's personality comes out. As a natural leader among the boys, his actions are met with admiration and approval by the others - some more easily than others, but all recognize that Jack led the process of obtaining meat for them to eat and that he is the one who takes action and does things in response to talk of the beast. Jack gathers more authority for himself by encouraging the others in their ritualistic reenactment of the hunt, appealing to the evil within them all and drawing them all into the act of the hunt and the kill.

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