Jack As The Devil In Lord Of The Flies

448 Words2 Pages

Jack as the Devil: The devil himself is summoned in The Lord of the Flies. This happens early in the novel, when Piggy—the personified ineptitude of scientific thought—advises Ralph to blow the conch. The conch itself is a symbol of growth, its shell not coming full circle but rather moving always ever outward. When Ralph takes advice from scientific thought, he does Piggy’s bidding, and he blows the conch. Of course, Piggy is selfish for wanting Ralph to blow the conch. Piggy realizes that he can’t possibly blow it himself, so he needs Ralph to do it for him. But Piggy—a representation of science—is just as selfish as any person. Piggy thinks that by calling a meeting, he will be able to take the other boys’ names and therefore keep them from classifying him as Piggy. Ralph, clueless of subtext, blows the conch and calls Jack. …show more content…

Their bodies, from throat to ankle, were hidden by black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast and each neck was finished off with a ham-bone frill…” When Jack makes it to the sound of Ralph’s call, Jack is described as sunblind: “The boy himself came forward, vaulted on to the platform with his cloak flying, and peered into what to him was almost complete

Open Document