What does the lack of fire in chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies do to Jack's group?

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After a falling out with Ralph in chapter eight, Jack abandons his former group to create a new tribe out of his hunters on Castle Rock.  The hunters then go on to have momentous success in killing a big sow.  Wishing to prove himself as the ultimate provider and leader for his fledgling tribe, Jack concocts a plan to secure fire for their cook-out.  He instructs a small contingent of boys, Maurice, Roger, Henry, and Robert, to sneak over to the beach and steal an ember from Ralph's fire. 

Jack's decision to raid Ralph's camp for fire sets a dangerous precedent and tone for his tribe of his hunters; Jack will use violence, force, or whatever means necessary to achieve his goal of domination.

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