Up until now, Jack has been something of a violent mystery; he's been involved in the story a lot, but we haven't seen things from his perspective. This chapter begins with a long passage entirely about Jack, establishing him as a violent less-of-a-mystery. We find him crouched in the underbrush, locked in his single-minded pursuit of pigs (yes, still). Evidently some time has passed since the last chapter; he has a sunburn, his hair is longer, and the island is no longer on fire. Jack also seems to have gotten pretty good at tracking wildlife.
Being away from orderly society is probably wearing on everyone by now, but Jack has progressed well past the "forgot table manners" stage and is careening straight into "lunatic blood-crazed beast-man" territory. The narrator compares him to a dog and an ape within the first four paragraphs of the chapter. Jack, frustrated he hasn't killed anything yet, has a frantic madness in his eyes. In the last chapter, Piggy sarcastically remarked that the kids were acting nuts because it was past tea-time. Well, it is way past Jack's tea-time, and Piggy would certainly have something to say about it if he were here now. Except he wouldn't actually say it, because Jack would probably flip out and eat him.
Meanwhile, Ralph as been trying to build shelter. Poor Ralph has gotten no help from anyone but Simon. He laments that if he called a meeting right now, everyone would show up, and they'd be all OMG WE SHOULD BUILD, UM, A SUBMARINE! and then they'd wander off or go hunting. The "or go hunting" remark doesn't sit well with Jack, who twice asserts "we want meat." Ralph shoots right back that nuh-uh, they want shelters, "because of the—" and then does not say "monster," because he's good old rational Ralph, and he doesn't want to entertain the foolish notion of a monster in the jungle. We've had two pretty well-defined sides up until this point: Ralph is civilization; Jack is savagery.
Let's see where this goes, shall we?
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for vocab quizzes this week!!
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