Jack Merridew's Savagery

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We all consider ourselves relatively civil people. That we have evolved over time. That we could never go back to savagery. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of boys crash on an island without any adult guidance or supervision. They quickly make Ralph their chief, and Ralph decides to make Jack the leader of a group of hunters that were in the choir group that Jack aso lead. They will soon begin hunting throughout the island. Golding proves that we can all revert to savagery through Jack Merridew’s killing attempts. Jack’s once reasonable manner is quickly disappearing, as being stranded on an island starts to take a toll. After coming back from their exploration, the boys find a piglet in the grass. They run towards it, excited …show more content…

Jack is disagreeing with Ralph on every topic, so he calls a meeting. During the meeting he insults Ralph and tries to make the boys promote him to chief. The boys will not do this which outrages Jack. Jack cannot deal with Ralph any more and declares, “‘I’m not going to be a part of Ralph’s lot’”(Golding 127). Ralph is now not only obsessed with hunting, but is straying from their ‘government’. He cannot handle the pressure of staying civil that Ralph puts on him. He resents Ralph because of this, and declares that he is leaving the tribe and starting his own. Many boys join them and the only ones that are left with Ralph are Piggy, Sam, and Eric. Jack’s new tribe is carefree, fun, and they all hunt whenever they want. He has no rules in place, and it is total chaos. His tribe hunts animals and leaves part of the animal for the beast. His tribe grew from belief in the beast, and he lured them with meat, fun, and no rules. He leads his tribe to savagery and becomes their king. Simon decides to confront the beast, and he realizes that it is a dead parachuter.As Simon rushes down the hill to tell the boys the news, they pounce on him, claiming that he is the beast. They crowded around him and “... leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws”(Golding 153). The boys have become full on savages. They have not only

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