We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody” (36). Jack’s influence is once again shown in chapter 4, “ Then Maurice pretended to be the pig and ran squealing to the center and the hunters, circling still, pretended to beat him. As they danced, as they sang. ‘ Kill the pig. Cut her throat.
Ralph and Jack most clearly represent Golding’s use of Juxtapositioning in the novel. Both individuals embody polar opposite character traits that are prevalent in all people. Evil, corruption, and satanic morals swirl around in the mind of Jack while the use of the thought process, the presence of a right and wrong moral compass, and the use of reason are traits allotted to Ralph. Ralph is the man that we all show but Jack is the true beast that lies in the hearts of us all. Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it.
For instance, throughout the novel, Ralph presses the importance of the signal fire, which Jack eventually ends up using as a weapon to hunt Ralph down (Golding 198). This could be interpreted as Ralph's logic backfiring on himself, therefore landing himself into trouble among the boys. His idea for being rescued turns into a life-threatening situation for himself. However, the fire that Jack set is how the naval ship comes to the boys' rescue (Golding 200). Without Ralph stressing the importance of fires throughout the novel, Jack would not have been able to execute this fire that led to the boys' rescue.
After the death of Simon, one of the littluns named Robert talks to Roger regarding Jack. Robert discusses how he believes Jack is a “proper” chief and is going to take them hunting later on (Golding 159). Robert then mentions Jack’s recent harm towards one of the other tribe members. Here, readers see Jack’s power emerge as he abuses an innocent child. “He’s going to beat Wilfred’ [Robert says] ‘What for?’ [ask Roger]... ‘I don’t know.
Especially one as dire and consequential as the boys are put in. Ralph and Jack take it very different ways. While Ralph tries to keep the peace and fails his attempts to sustain civilization, Jack quickly hops on the well-I-guess-we-are-stuck-here train and forms a small tribe of choir boys who stab pigs with sharp sticks. Both have the qualities of a leader. Ralph focuses on the diplomacy and peace but Jack is closer to a savage, ready to survive rather than thrive which is the start of both boys conflict.
The protagonist, Ralph, is the first leader of the school boys, he symbolizes democracy and order on the island. Even though Ralph symbolizes these things, he is open to struggles. The main conflict that is going on with Ralph is the fight to stay humane and ethical. He struggles to find himself and remain the leader on the island. The first example of this is the “mock hunt”.
Ralph is introduced as a straightforward kid with the potential to be a great leader. Nevertheless, the island catches up with Ralph and his character devolves. Ralph becomes involved in the hunt and loses track of keeping order. Ralph even helps with the murder of Simon. However, by the end of the book, Ralph realizes the true enemy among the children, primitivity: "We start off with boys killing pigs, then boys pretending to kill boys who are pretending to be pigs, and finally Jack hunting down Ralph in pretend—maybe—hopes of impaling his head on a stick.
Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks. Piggy cried out in: “My specs!” Explanation: Ralph grew to notice how smart and resourceful Piggy was in certain situations and usually during meetings when the fire would be brought up although Ralph would take up a majority of the talking during the meeting. Explanation: Usually as a situation would surface among the tribe either Jack, Ralph, or Piggy although Ralph and Jack would get a majority of the spotlight. Piggy was fairly smart compared to the rest of the characters as his common sense and knowledge extended farther than most
Ralph still gives Jack the job to hunt and keep the fire on that will get them rescued. Once they forget to keep the fire on and right then there is a ship, but it did not see them. Piggy gets upset with Jack, and Jack breaks one of Piggy’s glasses. After this Jack and his hunter cruel starts acting like savages, and do not care about the rules. One night when Sam and Eric are on watch they see something fall down from the sky, they think its some kind of beast.