Who kills the pig in "Lord of the Flies"?no

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 4, Jack and his hunters successfully kill their first pig. When Jack and his hunters return to camp, they chant "Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood" (Golding, 52). However, Ralph is not impressed with their accomplishment because he is upset that they let the signal fire go out and missed their chance to be rescued. Jack attempts to elaborate on the hunt and mentions that all of the hunters encircled the pig. While Jack acknowledges that each of his hunters played an important role in killing the pig, Jack mentions that he was the person who slit the pig's throat. Therefore, one can recognize Jack as the person who killed the first pig.

Later in the novel, Jack and his hunters successfully kill a pregnant sow. Jack and his hunters collectively kill the second pig by encircling and stabbing the sow with their spears. However, Golding specifically mentions that Jack slit the pig's throat while Roger lodged his spear up the sow's behind. Despite the collective effort, one could acknowledge that Jack is the person responsible for killing both pigs in the novel.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Jack and his hunters set out to kill a pig in the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, the superficial reason they have is the need for meat. But their motives (particularly Jack's ( go way deeper than this. Number One, Jack feels ashamed and people who feel shame often feel anger too. What seemed like a pretty good sensible idea (to provide meat as part their diet) at the beginning has now become an obsession, due to Jack's humiliation in failure to make a kill the first time. Now he has something to prove, and will take his fury out on the pig - once he finally gets it. Second, the rational motive to procure meat has been overtaken by an irrational primeval drive for bloodlust and to kill for the sake of it.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book "The Lord of the Flies" the boys with Jack as their leader try ad catch and kill a pig but have no luck.  Jack continues to track the pig but returns empty handed.  Finally, the tribe of hunters, with Jack as their leader, manages to trap and kill a pig.  They cut its head off and put it on a stake in the ground.  The flies buzz around the head.

Simon while having had a seizure and feeling sick comes upon the head of the pig.  He begins to communicate with it.  He is delirious and believes that the head is talking to him.


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