What do Jack and the biguns decide to do about the beast? What does this say about human nature?  

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In Chapter 6, Samneric run down from the mountain and tell the boys that they have just witnessed the beast. Ralph calls an assembly and Jack immediately comments that it will be a great hunt. Ralph thinks that Jack is being ridiculous about hunting an unknown beast with a group of boys armed with sticks, but Jack is determined to kill it. The boys eventually decide to explore the rocky, opposite end of the island first, then climb the mountain if they do not find the beast.

Jack and biguns' decision to hunt the unknown beast portrays humanity's insatiable curiosity and courage. Since the beginning of time, humans have been taking great risks to explore and discover the unknown. Their decision to hunt and kill the beast also demonstrates their primitive instincts. They immediately decide to hunt the beast because they feel threatened. The boys also enjoy hunting which is associated with bloodlust and savagery throughout the novel. Golding is suggesting that humans are inherently risk takers who act upon their primitive instincts.

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