Jack Merridew Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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In the realistic fiction novel “Lord of the Flies,” written by William Golding, Jack Merridew represented organization, structure, and a totalitarian autocracy. With schoolboys, ranging in age from six to twelve, stranded on an uninhabited island, egotistic Jack attempts to take charge; however, the other boys choose democracy and vote Ralph for chief, destroying a potential friendship between Ralph and Jack. Fortunately, for Jack, he was still able to command his choir, which soon became hunters, and turn the group against optimistic Simon, a member of Jack’s choir. In addition to Simon, Jack despised Piggy, an intelligent, chunky, and vision-troubled boy who respected Ralph. This abhorrence leads to Roger, Jack’s most loyal follower, to loathe …show more content…

The choir boys were loyal to Jack and were afraid to disobey him. One example of this was when they were all on the beach at the original assembly when one weak child, Simon, fell to the ground due to exhaustion from walking in the heat. When his companions made an attempt to assist him, Jack told them that Simon is “always throwing a faint” (20) and to ignore him. Of course, they complied and stood back in line. This event is only the start of the conflict between Jack and Simon, with Simon clearly defenseless against Jack. The main exemplification of this is at Jack’s feast when the poor boy was murdered. When Simon entered the chant circle to explain his discovery that there was no beast, he was poked and stabbed at with spears as if he was the beast. Using all his strength, Simon “broke the ring” (153) screaming from pain; Jack led his followers to pursue and murder the powerless boy. Jack further realizes his enjoyment of killing, as it gives him a sense of power over everyone else, and feels no remorse for …show more content…

They want to satisfy Jack in any way possible. Roger is an example of this; he follows Jack’s actions and is rude to Piggy and some of the weaker boys by throwing rocks at them. Moreover, when Roger takes the conch to tell the boys that they may “never be rescued,” (43) he contravenes Piggy; all that Piggy wants is to be rescued. Most importantly, Roger does everything to please Jack. When Ralph and Jack were arguing and Piggy stepped in, Roger did what he thought that Jack would commend. He “leaned all his weight on the lever” (180) to send a boulder rolling towards Piggy. Murdering gave Roger a sense of accomplishment, as he had satisfied his chief. At this point, Jack won

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