Jack In Lord Of The Flies Character Analysis Essay

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Siu Lee Kelvin Ms Ryan English 2 27 April 2017 Lord of the Flies through the literary purpose When freed from the moral manacles of society, humans ought to embrace moderate, disciplined lifestyles in order to avoid a fatal plunge into barbarism. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the war maroons the boys and separates them from the world and society. Jack is one of the boys who has a dramatic change. With time elapsing, he transforms into a vicious savage. In the novel, William Golding uses the change in setting to highlight the changes in Jack’s character. When the boys first land on the uncultivated island, Golding characterizes Jack as a twelve-year-old boy who seems to be obsessed with power and authority. Jack demonstrates his…show more content…
Jack welcomes everyone on the island to join the feast he held that night, shouting "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!"(152) along with the flashes of lightning. They are in a fury of wild chanting and bloodlust, and imagine Simon as the beast, soon "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws."(153). Eventually Simon is murdered by the outraged crowd. After Simon’s death, Jack sends his hunters to grab Piggy’s glasses in order to light fire, and that breaks the tension between Ralph and Jack, finally resulting in Piggy’s death. At this point, Jack transforms into a blood-thirsty killer and targets Ralph. The twins reveals Jack’s plan to Ralph and say: “‘the chief and Roger-’ ‘-yes, Roger-’ ‘They hate you, Ralph. They’re going to do you.’ ‘They’re going to hunt you tomorrow’”(188). Jack is ready to eliminate Ralph as his viciousness grows. Killing has become his second nature and he is swallowed by his animalistic instinct. As a result, he “sharpened a stick at both ends”(190), determined to kill Ralph. Golding demonstrates the replacement of Jack being a leader with a primal entity and his complete descent into
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