Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What does the line "I cut the pig's throat, said Jack, proudly, and yet he twitched as he said it" show about Jack's murderous capabilities in Lord of the Flies?

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In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the line "I cut the pig's throat, said Jack, proudly, and yet he twitched as he said it" is telling for what it says about Jack and, more broadly, about the boys generally.

The book is about a group of boys hovering on the fringe of civilization and a savage, uncivilized world. Stranded on a desert island, the boys need to find their own food and shelter, and there are no rules of civilization to guide them in how they conduct themselves. There are no adults overseeing or supervising them.

Initially, the boys attempt to create certain rules themselves. The conch represents this attempt, as they use it to manage which boy gets to speak when they are assembled together, as well as who gets to lead the others. However, after a while, the conch is not enough to keep the boys on the civilized side and most of them break away into the savage or uncivilized world.

That is clear in this quotation. Jack, who is among the wildest and most savage of the boys,...

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