One character trait that jack shows throughout the story is selfishness. Jack was given the job of watching the signal fire, and instead of doing his job, he went off to hunt. Since jack was not focused on the group the signal fire went out and the ship that could have recused them did not know there were there. Even though he was the reason they did not get rescued, he did not care. He was so worried about himself killing a pig that nothing else
Jack is the first character who is corrupted by his human savagery. Jack is the first to deviate from order. The first hunt that Jack goes on invigorates him, but he is unable to kill the pig that they caught. Jack then realizes that being nice won’t allow him to catch the pig, so he instills a ruthless mindset to kill this pig, “Kill the pig! Cut his throat!
At that point, the column of boys stride up the hill carrying a dead pig. Jack is with them and evidently pleased with himself. When they get to Ralph, Jack begins to jump up and down with excitement while Ralph remain silent and calculating (Golding 73). The juxtaposition of their moods is quite ironic in nature. Most of them are happy for killing the pig when, in fact, the killing of the pig resulted in the loss of the signal fire and a wasted opportunity to be rescued.
During their way they were hunting, in this game one of the boys pretended to be the pig. In fact, Ralph liked the game. When they get to the mountain, Jack, Ralph and Roger the parachutist. It was dark and they run away thinking that the parachute is the beast. In the following day, onto the beach, Jack tells the others boys to take Ralph out as a chief, but none of them do
The point where the reader can see the most loss of innocence is when Jack and his hunters murdered the pig and smeared its blood on their faces. The painting of the faces hides their former selves and assists them in becoming savages. Later in the novel the boys put the pig's head on a stick as a sign of accomplishment and another boy, Simon, stumbles upon the pig head also known as “The Lord of The Flies” in a peaceful clearing and it starts talking to him. After Simon's conversation with the pigs head he stumbles back to the boys where they mistake him for “The Beast” and end up attacking him and eventually killing him. This death symbolizes the boys finally losing all order and conscience that civilization used to provide them with.
“Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent and, blind” ( 152, Golding). The chant that is sung after the death or the event of killing a pig is cruel and extremely violent. This is an example of a dehumanized since they are not chanting to thank the pig for its life, but the joy in killing it in cold blood. Throughout the story there are other examples of Ralph and the other living in a dehumanized state such as the death of Piggy. “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee ; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (181, Golding).
Piggy, the only one with glasses is an outcast, not only because he wears glasses, but also because he is a “fatty”(17). Jack and Ralph do not even let Piggy finish a sentence without saying “Shut up!” which creates the feeling of pity towards Piggy and the feeling of hatred towards the other boys. Piggy also suffers from “ass-mar” giving the boys another reason to verbally harass him for his lack of fitness. Despite his problems, Piggy being the kind and generous boy continues to help start a fire by carrying branches up the mountain. Yet Jack uses his assertiveness and authority over the pig’s meat and denies Piggy any meat.
Spill his blood!’” (168) Jack’s tribe, overcome by their inner savagery, without thinking kill Simon thinking he’s the beast, this shows that the boys on the island have lost the part of civilization inside them. Piggy 's murder was also unjustified but also done with intent, “Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across that square, red rock in the sea. His head open and stuff came out and turned red, piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig who had just been killed.”(201) This death is different than the other one, in that they were fully aware of what they were doing and killed piggy anyway with no remorse. Inhabiting the island for the amount of time the boys have been there has caused the boys to revert to savages who resort to
In this quote, Jack went hunting to go and get a pig. They found a pig, stabbed it, and cut its head of. Jack then took all the guts out and now there 's blood all over his hands. It disgusts me that Jack rubbed pig blood over Maurice 's face because what if that pig had a disease? In the book they also didn 't mention that they cleaned the pig, I think they 're going to get
After a pig run with the hunters and Ralph, things seemed to fall apart quickly. Jack and Ralph have an argument which makes the kids choose between Ralph being leader and Jack being leader. This is where the strict bold lines of civility and savagery appear. The kids in Jack’s tribe were chanting and making a dance around the fire, they accidentally kill Simon thinking he was the beast. Ironically, Simon was going over to them to tell them there is no beast, since he just finished having a hallucination of the pig head speaking to him naming himself ‘The Lord Of The Flies’.
This takes a turn for the worst when the boys end up killing Simon because they mistake him for the beast. Another symbol that Golding uses is a pig 's head. The pig 's head is symbolic of the inner beasts of men. As they (the boys) become more enthralled in the hunt and its bloodlust, they even begin to worship this beast, leaving it sacrifices, such as the sow 's head on a pike, as if it were a tribal god (Neighbors). This event occurred in front of Simon without the hunters ' knowledge.