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In chapter four, Jack is thinking about the killing of the pig. He is absorbed in the moment after the kill. He is thinking about the thrill of the kill:
His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.
In this passage, Jack is in command. He has imposed his will on another living creature. He is ecstatic. He has no sympathy for the animal. He is prideful in his killing of the pig,
Jack feels all powerful in that he has outwitted the pig. He has proved himself more powerful than the living creature. He is in command.
The beast within Jack is evident when he compares the taking away of the pig's life to a long, satisfying drink. There is nothing satisfying about killing another living creature, yet, Jack is exhilarated. He is fulfilled:
'We needed meat.'
Jack stood up as he said this, the bloodied knife in his hand...There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill...
Jack is a hunter. He is aggressive. He is a killer. He has the beast within him.
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