What events lead up to Jack creating his own tribe in Lord of the Flies?

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The first sign of Jack's future as a leader of his own tribe is observable at the start of the novel, when he appears leading a group of choristers "marching approximately in step in two parallel lines" (chapter 1). Jack's ability to control these boys foreshadows his leadership of his own tribe. Later, Jack appears to simultaneously support and push back on Ralph's leadership. Though Ralph has qualities that make him admirable to the boys, Jack's intense manner and persuasive way of speaking make him a more natural leader, more so than Ralph. Any moment Jack seems even slightly hostile toward Ralph, or any of the other boys, can be analyzed as a predictive event that foreshadows Jack's leading his own tribe.

Jack is an aggressive boy, armed with aggressive opinions that have no backing except in his own mind; for example, Jack agrees with Ralph that rules are important, but not necessarily for the same reasons as Ralph. Jack cites the boys's Englishness as the reason for needing rules,...

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