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What are the themes found in chapter 8 of Golding's novel Lord of the Flies

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One theme that emerges in chapter 8 is the seductive power of lawlessness and even evil.

When Jack and his group violently kill the sow, their actions immediately afterward show completely lack of compassion or empathy for their actions. Instead, the group is fueled by the violence:

The boys drew back, and Jack stood up, holding out his hands.

"Look."

He giggled and flicked them while the boys laughed at his reeking palms. Then Jack grabbed Maurice and rubbed the stuff over his cheeks ... Robert stabilized the thing in a phrase that was received uproariously.

"Right up her ass!"

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This time Robert and Maurice acted the two parts; and Maurice's acting of the pig's efforts to avoid the advancing spear was so funny that the boys cried with laughter.

The boys have left Ralph 's sense of order and priorities and have chosen to follow Jack, a bloodthirsty leader who has no sense of vision for getting off the island. The boys begin to lose the real focus that Ralph provides, one of hope, and instead...

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