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In Lord of the Flies why does Jack hesitate when he lifts his knife to kill the piglet? And what does he promise will happen next time he meets a pig?

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The boys are all still civilized but are beginning to show signs of the transition to savagery that will gradually occur. Jack would like to kill the piglet, but he has never killed an animal before and really can't bring himself to do it. He is embarrassed about not being able to act the part of the courageous hunter, especially since he appears to be the only boy who owns a knife. He...

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