Why don't the boys want Jack as chief?

The boys don't want Jack as chief in Lord of the Flies because they are still committed to a rule-based system of order on the island. Because Jack shows such contempt for any rules, they know that he simply isn't cut out for the job.

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At what is a very humiliating public meeting of all the boys on the island, a vote is taken to have Ralph as chief. Jack is stunned, hurt, and incredibly angry because this decision. As far as he's concerned, he's the only one who should be in charge. With his...

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At what is a very humiliating public meeting of all the boys on the island, a vote is taken to have Ralph as chief. Jack is stunned, hurt, and incredibly angry because this decision. As far as he's concerned, he's the only one who should be in charge. With his dictatorial personality and his penchant for bossing others around, Jack feels that he was born to rule, and so he cannot accept that the other boys have rejected him.

At this stage in the story, the boys are still generally committed to following Ralph's rules-based order, which is designed to prevent anarchy and violence. As Jack is so dictatorial, as we've seen, the boys instinctively realize that he's not cut out to be the leader of a democracy. Therefore, they vote for Ralph as leader, and Jack retires to lick his wounds.

However, Jack is not finished yet. In due course, he will lure most of the other boys away from Ralph as they start to tire of all the rules and restrictions by which they have to live. They'd much rather have fun and spend most of their time hunting pigs. That being the case, they look to Jack as a leader who will give them what they want and whose capacity for violence and bloodshed will protect them from the beast they believe to be stalking the island.

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