Jack Lord Of The Flies Power Essay

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William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, illustrates how Jack is a cruel perpetrator who takes advantage of those who are weaker and less powerful than him, demonstrating that power gives people an unrealistic sense of treatment towards others. Jack has shown how cruel of a character he is throughout the book when he poorly treats and disrespects the other boys on the island, kills and tortures animals with pleasure, and uses Ralph to gain power and authority over the island. Jack shows his cruelty by the number of times he poorly treats and disrespects the other boys on the island. In chapter 8 Jack states, “Sharpen a stick at both ends”(36) illustrating how Jack orders Roger to mount the dead pig's head on a stick that has been sharpened and place it outside for the …show more content…

In chapter 4 it states, “I cut the pig’s throat, said Jack, proudly”(69) illustrating that Jack enjoyed cutting and killing the pig. Jack now shows that he is capable of killing and the possibility for more cruel and harsh killing is very likely. Jack shows his cruelty by the animals he kills when he “held up the head and jammed the soft throat down on the pointed end of the stick which pierced through into the mouth”(136) analyzing how instead of fearing the beast Jack is offering him the head of the pig that he just brutally murdered. When the boys kill the pig, they stick its bloodied head on a sharpened stick as an offering to the beast, which they believe is out in the forest somewhere and that they can please with an offering, showing cruelty and the lack of humanity inside Jack and the rest of the boys. After their first successful hunt, Jack chants “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood”(69). This chant is violent and cruel as Jack finally gets the kill he was looking for. The boys', specifically Jack's, violent and aggressive behavior while murdering the pig and their lack of concern for it shows

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