Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In "Lord of the Flies", what does the reader learn about Jack when he slashed the green candle buds?

In "Lord of the Flies", what does the reader learn about Jack when he slashed the green candle buds?

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First of all, this is one of the first, if not the first, times we see Jack in action with his knife.  The slashing of the green buds could also indicate Jack's violent tendencies, since Simon and Ralph are simply content to look at them.  He also complains that they wouldn't be able to eat them, which could possibly foreshadow Jack's use of his knife to hunt for food.  In the very next moment, the three boys come across a pig for the first time and Jack cannot bring himself to kill (yet), although he does brandish his knife.   

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Jacks violent tendencies were developed early in the novel, as he takes pride in the fact that he is head of the hunters. He ostracises Simon as a result of his spiritual foundations and perculiar persona, and by slashing the candlebuds, Jacks hatred towards simon and thus spirituality and the violent disposition he is forming is being confirmed and emphasized.

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