A quote by Benjamin Disraeli said, “ Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” This quote illustrates how everyone goes through changes in their life, no matter their situation. This quote is clearly shown in Lord of the Flies as all the characters changed throughout the story. In Golding’s story several boys crash land on an island and are stuck without any adults. Throughout the story the boys are faced with many obstacles that they must overcome and they often change trying to overcome those challenges. One character that had many changes was Jack, which include being a choir boy leader to being a tribe leader, growing more dangerous and aggressive as the story went on, and having the urge to hunt more. The first way Jack changed in the book was he went from being an egotistical choir leader to a fierce tribe leader. As the boys were painting their faces Jack, “looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but an awesome stranger” (Golding, 1954, p. 63). This quote is taken from a part in the book where Jack is starting to gain more power and some boys were starting to paint their faces. This continues to show up later in the book and is a big part of Jack’s tribe. Painting his face forms a mask that hides himself from his …show more content…
In the story, Jack faces many problems that he has to overcome which include, not having all the power at the beginning of the book and risking his “manliness” because he was too scared to kill a pig. All which leads his character to have numerous changes as the story went on. Golding clearly showed Jack turning from a proper choir boy to a full out savage by the end of the book. This is important because it shows it is human nature to change as you face hard problems in life. It also shows that no matter who you are, you are going to change someway as you go through your story, just like Jack did in the
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During a time of war, a british plane carrying a group of schoolboys is shot down over the Pacific, killing all adults and leaving the group of boys stranded on an island. One of the two leaders of the group, Jack, is the perfect character to portray humanity changing from civilized to savage. Jack is power-hungry, violent, and savage. In the beginning of the book, Jack is innocent and carelessly follows the leader, Ralph.
In their fear of Jack and their captivation with the visage, the boys view him as a “painted and garlanded...idol” (Golding 149). They boys view the violent hunter as a godlike figure, but he is not a god, for an idol is only an entity who has power over their worshipers through fear and awe, no power in their own right. The new chief rules by illusion of power, which the mask gives through the bloodbaths that are associated with it. This is how every military power rules,which the red-haired boy represents, and why they do not last.
Once they were introduced to stuff like hunting, their inner savage slowly arised. As the novel progressed, Jack looked at himself with the paint on and the author said, “He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger”(Golding 191). As soon as Jack looked at himself his inner savageness
This represents their complete loss of individuality and identity, and their regression to a more primitive, animalistic state. Furthermore, as the boys begin to lose their identity, they also begin to lose the sense of acting and rationalizing like a human. This can best be displayed in the novel when Jack "looked in astonishment, no longer at himself, but at an awesome stranger. He spilled the water and leapt to his feet, laughing excitedly. Beside the pool, his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them.
“He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk. Next time there would be no mercy,” (Golding 31). “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages,” (Golding 42). (Ch)This is the turning point for Jack in the novel.
This shows Jack's departure from civilization and morality and his transition into savagery, which marks his loss of innocence. As the story progresses, more and more boys put on the paint. Not only does Jack lose his innocence, but the other boys, except Ralph, share Jack's experience as well. Golding shows the loss of innocence
In the first chapter “The Sound of the Shell,” all of the boys elect a chief. The way that Jack acts toward Ralph expresses how he is unhappy with the decision of Ralph being chief. The quote “[...] and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification,” expresses how much he wanted to be chief and when he was not elected as chief, he was embarrassed and upset. In chapter 11 “Castle Rock,” Jack wants to become chief and behaves more violently towards Ralph. The text explains that the boys have became more vicious without adult supervision.
“He’s a feral child. No mother, no father, no one to care for him or raise him or teach how to be human” (Rodman Phillbrick). Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies there are many signs of the group of boys changing in drastic ways. If a child is left alone in a forest without society to tell them how to act they will become more instinctual. Reasons to support this theory are the physical changes, emotional changes, and the behavioral changes.
This quote demonstrates how Jack is willing to use violence and bloodshed to assert his authority and control over the other boys. Another reason why Jack Merridew is a memorable character is because of his descent into savagery. At the beginning of the novel, he is a civilized and well-mannered choirboy, but as the story progresses, he becomes more savage and animalistic. This descent into savagery is seen in the following quote: "He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling" (Golding, 126).
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows the progression of absolute power, and how ambition can take over one's mind. Stranded on an island after their plane crashed, the boys create their own democracy with one absolute ruler, just like many other governments throughout history. The boys voted Ralph as their ruler, but Jack slowly starts to take some of Ralph’s power, and eventually usurps him as their chief. Lord of the Flies suggests that absolute power is corrupt, and that humans are overly ambitious in wanting to take power from the person who has the most of it. Just like any large group of people, the boys decide that they “ought to have a chief to decide things” (Golding 22).
The novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding was inspired by his time as a veteran in World War II. His goal was to portray the change in people’s morality that he witnessed because of the war. He reflected this situation-based change into his characters. The most evident of which was Jack, who, initially described as a proper, cultured choirboy, slowly transitioned into savagery. He conveyed Golding’s idea that civilization’s conditioning of right and wrong merely masks humans’ more primitive and barbaric nature.
Jack now dresses like a savage and is naked to the waist, contrasting from when the boys first arrived onto the island. The face paint gives him the freedom to do so by blocking out his face from others. With that confidence Jack has the opportunity to do things he wasn’t able to do previously. He hits Wilson because he is now free of insecurities and is now able to do things without the others judging him. The face paint gives him this authority over others, which in turn, changes him as an individual.
In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, because of three defining moments, Jack changed the most out of all the boys. The first of the moments that changed him occurred in the beginning of the novel on page 23 when Ralph was chosen to be the chief of the boys instead of Jack. Jack was upset at not being chief, but he still took a position of leadership by making the choir boys the hunters and volunteering to be in charge of them. Ralph says “Jack’s in charge of the choir. They can be-what do you want them to be?’’
Jack has changed greatly, over the course of William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies. Crashing onto an island without adults and having to survive put a strain on all of the boys, but Jack’s personality altered the most due to this experience. He went from living as an ambitious choir boy, to being a vicious, brutal, beast. Many things changed Jack on the island, but most of all, he created the monster he became.
Human behaviors are easy to be changed by the experiences and environment. As the time passes by, the changed behaviors can be worse or better than before. However, most people become worse because of the specific experiences in their life time. In Lord of the Flies, the changes of behavior are occurred obviously in the characters of Jack, Roger, and Ralph.