Lord Of The Flies Characteristics

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The brain is a very strong but delicate member of one’s body. When the mind is put under extreme amounts of stress it can almost shut down, allowing for more irrational thoughts and abnormal behavior. Fear is also a major competitor against our minds sanity, causing people to get into the mindset of fight or flight. Now imagine you´re on an island, deserted, with your schoolmates. You have no idea if you are going to survive long enough for rescue. In a matter of days most others are starting to break, slowly at first, then faster. That is exactly how William Golding’s book, The Lord of the Flies is established. How would you change, how would you act, and what would you be willing to do after weeks of being on a deserted island with your classmates?…show more content…
Jack has a knife and is able to kill pigs in order for them to eat meat instead of tasteless fruits. That is why he is now seen as a capable leader. Jack doesn’t become this powerful overnight though. He stayed with everyone for some time, but they still believed he wasn’t equipped enough to be a leader, which caused him to feel powerless. A defining point for Jack is when he finally catches and kills a pig. He feels very alive and wears face paint in order to mask his old self. When Jack first arrived his choir was given the responsibility of hunters and fire keepers. He and his choir capture their first pig, and when they return with the bounty Ralph is standing angrily waiting for him by the burnt out signal fire. Ralph lashed out at Jack for letting the fire go out. “There was a ship. Jack stood up as he said this, the bloodied knife in his hand. The two boys faced each other. There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled commonsense. Jack transferred the knife to his left hand and smudged blood over his forehead as he pushed down the plastered hair” (71). Jack was upset by the outburst and took his anger out on Piggy, a chubby boy who has asthma, by punching him in the stomach. Jack began to calm down, but he will never forget how Ralph embarrassed him in front of…show more content…
The island has been divided into two groups, the savages, with Jack as their leader, and a lesser group with Ralph as their leader. A dead parachuter has fallen from the sky and has gained the name of the beast. Which the boys believe is an all powerful being that brings death and destruction. Simon is brave enough to explore the area with the dead parachuter, and realizes it is just a dead parachuter, not a demon. He returns to everyone with this news. It is dark, the boys see Simon and place him as the beast. “The beast struggled forward, broke the ring, and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water. At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws” (153). Piggy is also killed, out of hatred from Jack’s group. Jack has now killed two people. Both were part of Ralph’s group. Jack feels that Ralph should also be dead, and orders his tribe to kill him. Jack’s mind has now fully embraced the act of savagery, and believes they will never get off the
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