Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Where does Jack think he is being followed in the jungle in Lord of the Flies by William Golding?

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In chapter 3, Jack is out hunting while Ralph and Simon attempt to finish constructing the shelters, which are shaky and unstable because all of the boys stopped helping them build. When Jack returns, he begins to bicker with Ralph over whether it is more important to hunt for meat or help build the shelters. Ralph then mentions to Jack that the littluns are afraid and continue to talk about the beast that supposedly inhabits the island. After Simon interrupts Ralph and Jack's conversation by saying that it seems as if the island isn't a good place, Jack says,

If you're hunting sometimes you catch yourself feeling as if . . . There's nothing in it of course. Just a feeling. But you can feel as if you're not hunting, but—being hunted, as if something's behind you all the time in the jungle (Golding, 40).

Ralph remains incredulous after Jack's admission that he feels the presence of some unknown being following him throughout the forest while he hunts. Jack then gets to his feet and says that...

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