Archetype In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel, “Lord of The Flies,” the author, William Golding, relies on the characterization of Jack to develop the central idea that it is the natural evil and immorality in all humans that ultimately leads to the destruction of a society. Before Jack is even introduced as a character, he is compared to a creature of darkness when Golding describes, “the eye was first attracted to a black, bat-like creature that danced on the sand.” This comparison foreshadows Jack’s true darkness before he was made known to the readers. Jack’s archetype as “The Ruler” is established right from the moment he is introduced. One of the boys, Roger, suggested that they vote for chief but “Jack started to protest”, which demonstrates his desire for control. Jack’s fear of an inability to delegate can …show more content…

Jack was surprised, frightened even, when he realized that he did not hold any position of power. His anger and frustration only washed away when he was put in charge of the hunters, which implies that he needed some kind of authority to be happy. Soon after, Jack disregards the rules about the conch by interrupting Piggy as he was trying to speak. By defying the democratic rules, Jack creates an idea in the boy’s heads that opposition to the newly appointed rules is acceptable. Jack develops as careless and insensitive when he cares more about control and violence than the stability and strength of the society Ralph is attempting to build. Ralph complains about the lack of help in the construction of the shelters, but all Jack can talk about in that same moment is how he should go about hunting to kill a pig. Jack was inconsiderate in the fact that he was not willing to lend a helping hand in the building of the foundation of the group. This was most likely due to the fact that Jack did not agree with Ralph’s ways of ruling, and wished the power upon himself. He eventually took the power for himself when he declared himself leader of a new

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