Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

If you are asking about his state of mind at some particular point in the book, this may not be the right answer.  But you do not specify where in the book.  So I am just assuming that you are referring to his character throughout the story.

If that is the case, Jack is preoccupied with hunting.  All he really cares about is trying to kill a pig.  He sees this as fun and he thinks it is more manly than worrying about stuff like building huts and trying to maintain a signal fire.  This is why he is the opposite of Ralph, who wants to be civilized and responsible.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial