Why does Ralph feel "fright and apprehension and pride" after hitting the pig?

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In Chapter 7, Jack leads the group of boys on a hunting expedition and Ralph comes face-to-face with a charging boar. This is Ralph's first hunting experience, and he is excited at the opportunity to kill a pig. From a distance of five yards, Ralph throws his spear and successfully hits the boar on the snout. The spear glances off its nose, however, and the boar continues to run through the forest. After hitting the boar, Golding writes that Ralph was full of "fright and apprehension and pride" (162). Hunting is a dangerous activity, and Ralph is sure to feel some sort of fear when facing a wild boar that is charging at him. Ralph is apprehensive about killing the pig because he realizes it is a bloody affair. Ralph is also nervous about killing an animal for the first time. At the same time, he is proud of the fact that he struck the boar on his first attempt.

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