Jack's Determination In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel, Lord Of The Flies, by William Golding, Ralph’s caring and consoling character and Jack’s determination and self confidence both allowed them to confront challenges successfully. Ralph displayed the quality of kindness toward the others group members when they first arrived on the island. He understood all of the different inner emotions that the boys were experiencing and knew how they felt. Many of the children were worried whether they they would every come home again. As a leader, Ralph was more relaxed and knew that it was his job to reassure the the other boys around him. In a sense, Ralph took the role of a parent by trying to relieve the boys of their stress. During an assembly, Ralph informed the boys that, “ ‘Sooner …show more content…

In the very beginning of their stay on the island, Jack saw a pig. He was about to stab it, but hesitated for a moment. When the pig escaped, Jack, “Snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk” (31). Ever since he regretted not killing the pig, Jack was determined to complete the task. He had the desire within himself to get meat for his whole group and did not give up on the idea. In fact, Jack spent much of his time and effort trying to learn new tactics and strategies on how to hunt in the woods. As the leader of the hunters, Jack had finally become victorious at killing pigs and was looked at as a role model to others. Further into the novel, Jack exhibited a strong sense of faith within himself when he had become tired of listening to the commands of Ralph. He stood up for himself during an assembly, and declared that he, “Was not going to be a part of Ralph’s lot-’ He looked along the right-hand logs, numbering the hunters that had been a choir. ‘[He was] going off by [himself]’ ” (127). Jack conveyed confidence within himself to separate from the others and live independently on his own. Speaking up for himself and splitting from the main body was a daring move, however Jack did it in a way that made him seem as though he were very courageous and brave. This character trait compelled others to join his side and therefore increase his power while

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