Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In Lord of the Flies, Jack says "...you can feel as if you're hunting, but being hunted, as if something's behind you..." what does it mean?

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I would like to make a small correction to the question. The quote provided is not quite right. The quote can be found in chapter 3 and is spoken by Jack. The following is the full quote.

But you can feel as if you're not hunting, but -- being hunted, as if something's behind you all the time in the jungle."

This is an awesome quote in this book, and it is made especially awesome because it is Jack that says the quote. This is a rare moment of vulnerability being expressed by Jack. He typically presents himself as strong, brave, and violent. He's a hunter, but here we see him admitting that he has fears and that there isn't something quite right about the island. He is echoing Ralph 's previous...

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