To what does ralph's demonstration of his hunting prowess lead?To what does ralph's demonstration of his hunting prowess lead?
Ralph's participating in the hunt in Chapter 7 leads to his becoming excited over having hit the pig in the snout. He even participates in the pretend hunting of a pig as Robert crawls around on his hands and kneesa;
Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was overmastering.
When Jack comments that hurting Robert was a good game, Ralph replies "uneasily" that it was "just a game." He is ashamed at how easily he has regressed to being a savage himself. Quickly, he shakes himself out of his new mental state, returning to his role of leader, urging the boys to rebuild the fire.
Ralph is symbolic of our physical selves, and his reaction to actually hunting is, not surprisingly, physical. He has gotten a taste, so to speak, of the adrenalin which is present at such moments. In fact, Ralph gets excited enough to almost join the hunting frenzy--almost. This is a foreshadowing of a time when he actually will join the frenzy of the hunt and kill Simon.