With the boys' realization in Chapter Two of Lord of the Flies, how does Jack wish to contribute to their survival?

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At the beginning of Chapter Two in Lord of the Flies, Ralph calls a tribal meeting with all of the boys to discuss their new-found knowledge that they are stranded on "an uninhabited island with no other people on it" (32).  

Jack relishes the idea and immediately introduces the idea of "an army--for hunting" (32).  When Simon, Ralph, and Jack explored the island together earlier, they ran across a trail in the jungle made by pigs, and then Jack caught a small piglet, but was unable to cut its throat.  Refusing to let himself by deterred by his original failure, Jack vows to have more success next time; interestingly enough, Jack characterizes his failure with the piglet to the other boys as an accident, blaming the fact that the pig wiggled away and escaped on the fact that it was squealing so much.  Jack does not reveal the true reason, which was his initial aversion to the thought of blood, because he does not wish to appear weak to the other boys.

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