What quotes from William Golding's Lord of the Flies show that Jack not being promoted to a position of authority resulted in his rebellion?

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In Chapter 8, Ralph mentions that the boys would never be able to defeat a beast and that they would run the second they encountered it. Jack then says, "What about my hunters?" (Golding 125). Ralph responds by saying, "Boys armed with sticks" (Golding 125). Jack then becomes upset and blows the conch to hold a meeting. Jack begins by telling the boys that there is definitely a beast on the mountain and that Ralph doesn't think that the hunters are any good. Jack then says that Ralph commented that the hunters were cowards, and Ralph is not fit to be chief because he likes Piggy. Jack proceeds to call Ralph a coward and holds a vote on whether or not Ralph should be the chief. When nobody raises their hand in agreement that Ralph should not be the chief, Jack says, "All right then...I'm not going to play any longer. Not with you...I'm not going to be a part of Ralph's lot" (Golding 127). Jack then turns to walk away and says,"I'm going off by myself. He can catch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too" (Golding 127). Jack then leaps off of the platform and runs along the beach before heading into the forest. Jack was upset about not being promoted to chief and decided to run off and start his own tribe. Eventually, the majority of the boys sneak away from Ralph's group and join Jack's tribe of savages. 

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