He wanted to hunt and kill animals instead of doing what really needed to be done with the fire. Ralph says to Jack on hunting "So long as you and your hunters remember you fire".(Golding, 53) Jack then says " You and your Fire!" (Golding, 53) This is the point where Jack and Ralph start to have major disagreements and there is a break in communication and a feeling of competition for Jack to lead so he can change the rules.
Golding explores that Jack loves to hunt and kill pigs while on the island. Jack does this in a gruesome fashion and upon putting it to death ,“[Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling" (Golding 64). The use of imagery provides a sense of the harsh reality of what is happening to Jack as he is losing the civility he had arrived with every day. Throughout his evolution process, he has gotten to a point where Piggy claims,“I’m scared of him” (Golding 93) and that when he sees Jack, he feels that “it’s like asthma an’ you can’t breathe” (Golding 93). These words from a wise young boy, Piggy, are very concerning relating to the amount of civility Jack has left in him.
The mask that Jack wore allows him to not feel guilty about killing a living creature. It has the ability to turn him into a savage. Furthermore, when the hunters attempt to recreate the pig killing scene, they overemphasize, “All at once, Robert was screaming and struggling with the strength of frenzy. Jack [has] him by the hair and was brandishing his knife” (114). All the boys participate in assaulting Robert because they believe it is just a game and that nothing will go wrong, but this is not true.
Savagery is more present when people 's innocence slowly fade away. When Jack brings the boys hunting, the boys do not know what to do since they have never been exposed to that behavior before. Jack makes it seem okay to disrespect what they kill to the point where the boys look insane. The boys not only kill the pig for its feed but to mutilate it and decide,”This head is for the beast. It’s a gift”(Golding 137).
Their young mindset tempts them to see the worst. They act upon their poor thoughts. The boys argue where the beast comes from and when Simon suggests it comes from the water, the boys laugh and make fun of him. They then continue to argue and eventually Jack splits with his hunter followers to go find out for themselves. Jack felt the need that if he proved whether the beast was out there, that maybe he would be able to gain some of the respect he thinks he deserves.
When Jack comes face to face with the pregnant sow he, without any hesitation, slits the sow's neck and puts her head on a stake. The fact that it was a sow and that Jack killed without any remorse, shows how savagery has completely taken over Jack. Simon, the symbol of Christ, witnesses all of the killing. When he sees the sow's head, it starts to speak to him. This is known as the Lord of
After killing the pig Jack becomes a rebel and goes away from the group. He makes his own group and rules by fear and controls everyone who is in his group. He and his group kill simon because they think he is the beast,He makes a friendship with Roger and trains him to be evil and become a torturer. Roger eventually murders piggy which impacts Ralph. At the end of the story he chases Ralph and we do not know what happens to him.
Jack has lost his good reasoning. His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book.
He goes to share his hunting story to Ralph and a boy named Piggy. On page 69, the narrator shares, “I cut the pig’s throat,’ said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it.” This quotation shows us that civilization is lost when the urge to kill takes over because it shows the stage where Jack is proudly killing animals, but still feeling a little bit uncomfortable with it. In this example, Jack proudly shares that he has killed, but still twitches after saying he did. Jack is still hanging onto the little bit of civilization that is left on their island.
However, another boy who was supposed to be their leader, Ralph, rejected his idea and because of that, Jack was so angry and decided to break their law that was agreed by everyone together before. As the anger emotion had controlled Jack, he started to feel rage towards Ralph. This is because Ralph was the leader, so, most of the boys were on Ralph side. He then created his own troops and started hunting for animals. As an experienced boy scout, he managed to kill a boar and his troop celebrated together.
When Simon comes down from the mountain to the boys that the beast is just a dead body, the boys are too enraged by the thrill of reacting the hunt that they turn on Simon and end up killing him. Piggy tries to come up with a reasonable reason of why they killed Simon while Ralph states that was murder. Simon’s foreshadowing is proven when Jack and his hunters attack Ralph tribe camp and steal the fire and Piggy specs. ”You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief.” (177).
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. Simon was left to think to himself about the event that had just occured.