In Lord of the Flies, what offer does Jack make on behalf of himself and his hunters?  

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At first Jack is disappointed that he isn't voted in as chief, but Ralph helps assuage Jack's hurt feelings by allowing him to choose a role for his choir members to play. Jack immediately says he wants them to be hunters. Later, when the boys try making their first signal fire, Ralph begins to assert his authority by saying that "we've got to have special people for looking after the fire." Jack is on board with this idea, as well as the idea that the society needs rules and must obey them. He magnanimously offers his choir members, now the hunters, to be "responsible for keeping the fire going." This brings applause from the boys, and Jack begins assigning duties to the altos and trebles. He also says that they will keep a lookout for ships, and if they see any, they will put more green branches on the fire to produce more smoke. This is the height of harmony for the group. Before long the first fire has become a raging forest fire, killing a littlun, and soon Jack takes the fire-tenders away from their post to help with the pig hunt, resulting in them missing being rescued by a passing ship. So although Jack's offer is generous, he fails to follow through on his commitment.

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