The fiercest and most ill-natured of all the boys is Jack. He is described as a conceited and haughty leader of a choir. His cruelty and the dark side of his personality come to the surface when he decides that he will lead his tribe to be hunters. When they find they are stranded on the island, Jack is the first of the boys to lose his fear of being abandoned. He has a knife sharpened and ready for hunting, and seems ready to kill any boar he encounters. At first he hesitates, the pig escapes but he vows that 'next time there would be no mercy'. Jack's fear of blood wanes. Jack becomes more violent and his hunger for hunting becomes insatiable. His ruthless nature and arrogant attitude ultimately cause his lapse into complete savagery. He enjoys the sensation of being feared by both those around him and the wild animals.