4th period “You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you” (Unknown). In the lord of flies by William Golding, Jack turns evil and is not himself. A former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, he arrived on the island having experienced some success in exerting control over others by dominating the choir with his militaristic attitude. His main interest is hunting, an endeavor that begins with the desire for meat and builds to the overwhelming urge to master and kill other living creatures. One character trait that jack shows throughout the story is selfishness.
‘All the same you need an army-for hunting. Hunting pigs-” (33). Although this is a small act, Jack not only shows a further desire to rule but also undermines Ralph’s authority by interrupting him while Ralph is addressing the other boys. He wants to make himself heard and he wants to be significant. He does this again when Ralph introduces the idea of making a fire, “ Jack clamored among them, the conch forgotten.
Golding uses this depiction of the savage attack on Simon, to imprint into the reader the sense of loss of reasoning, morals, and intelligence within the boys on the island. As the boys revert back to a neanderthal way of life, with no order or civilization to contain them. The storm washes away the remains of Simon, the following day Ralph realized what he was apart of. Ralph sets out to try to convince Jack’s tribe to join him once more, they are pushed away along with the groups last chance of civilization back on the
Throughout the book, the signal fire’s activity directly corresponds to the boys’ loss of society, and as the boys become more savage, the signal fire fluctuates as a priority, showing Golding’s message that the loss of society enables the emergence of mankind’s inner savagery. At the beginning of the book, the upkeep of the signal fire is a non-negotiable duty for the boys, showing how they are still attached to society. Jack and his hunters abandon this duty, and an outraged Ralph confronts them, telling them that they should not “let that fire out,” and that Jack promised to “keep the smoke going” (Golding 71). When Ralph tells the hunters that the fire should not go out, it becomes apparent that Ralph views the fire as a duty that everyone must adhere to, and this is exemplified when Ralph confronts Jack, demonstrating that Ralph believes in society and that the boys will be rescued. During
The point where the reader can see the most loss of innocence is when Jack and his hunters murdered the pig and smeared its blood on their faces. The painting of the faces hides their former selves and assists them in becoming savages. Later in the novel the boys put the pig's head on a stick as a sign of accomplishment and another boy, Simon, stumbles upon the pig head also known as “The Lord of The Flies” in a peaceful clearing and it starts talking to him. After Simon's conversation with the pigs head he stumbles back to the boys where they mistake him for “The Beast” and end up attacking him and eventually killing him. This death symbolizes the boys finally losing all order and conscience that civilization used to provide them with.
In the book Lord of The Flies, William Golding conveys his beliefs on human nature through the egomaniacal character Jack Merridew. Jack reveals that humans must forfeit their identity to conquer their fear. Through the course of the book, Jack changes who he is to conquer his fear of failure. His name reflects these perceptions of who he is and how others view him. As ‘Merridew’, he is the successful chapter chorister and head boy.
Slowly but surely, slipping away from civilization and closer to savagery. The island’s civilization erodes and the boys descend into savagery. Losing sight of order is shown when Jack disobeys Ralph’s orders to be quiet when Piggy has the conch, and despite Ralph informing him of the rules, he still disobeys “The rules! You 're breaking the rules! Shouted Ralph.
Through examination of Lord of the Flies, Golding seems to share this point of view. When left in an environment lacking authority, the boys attempt to follow the fundamental rule of nature, electing Ralph as their leader and for a time, following his rules. However, when another boy desired the same position, competition arose and Ralph was revealed to be less powerful and disrespected by the group. Jack found his power in feeding off the other boys’ fears, and using violent, animalistic techniques, which proved to be what they truly desired. War broke out between the two, as Hobbes predicted would happen in such circumstances, and morality was only restored when a powerful figure of authority finally arrived on the island.
Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it. This is juxtaposed with Jack wanting to hunt yet again. Jack takes the boys and uses them to assist in killing the pig, but, coincidentally, a ship passes the island while Jack has the boys that were responsible for keeping the fire going (Golding 68). This once again shows evidence of Jack’s insistence on the need to hold power. He feels that orders from Ralph don 't apply to him.
Hidden deep inside every one of us there is something very dark. Only in extreme situations will this darkness come out and take over us, especially if we do not understand it. Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of schoolboys who are stranded on an uninhabited island. As they struggle for survival, their fears slowly turn them into savages. Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, uses the pig’s head on a stick (Lord of the Flies) to symbolize the violent human nature that can be found buried in everyone, and how it can only be controlled if someone truly understands it.