Character Analysis: Jack Merridew Jack Merridew is introduced as the “choir leader” in chapter one of “Lord of the Flies”. Jack has a power demeanor which causes him to be intimidating and influential, instilling fear in the other children. Often in the novel, his desires to be in control and primitive behaviors are reflected in his actions on the island. Jack can be seen as Ralph’s antagonist which contributes to conflict on the island because he undermines Ralph’s authority and influences savage behaviors among the other boys. From the beginning of the novel Jack is introduced as intimidating and influential, “ Piggy asked no names.
Fear was also spread through each other because of each other. In Lord of the Flies, the boys had separated themselves into 2 groups, Ralphs or Jacks.Ralphs group was more civilized but Jacks group was more savage and were more into having fun than focusing on surviving on the island and thinking about the long run.The two leaders had come off to show themselves as strong and independent but later on, they started to gain this hatred in themselves selves for each other it grew so much that Jack had come to the point where he was ready to kill Ralph because he posed as a threat to him. In the book, it states how Ralph finds out how the other group is planning to kill him when all he wanted to do was try to be leader to keep
With injustice and cruelty running rampant in the world, it is unsurprising that people become determined to make things better for tomorrow. The cliché saying that the ends justify the means is often quoted by those aware of the moral greyness of their actions. Commendable yet unreasonable, leaders whose sole purpose in life is to fix what they see as “wrong” with the world fall prey to thinking there is only ally or enemy. In the long run, they harm those they try to liberate. This is the downfall of leaders in many works of literature, including Harrison Bergeron and The Lord of the Flies.
Throughout the earlier chapters, the group of boys were becoming less and less civilized. They began resembling savages, feeling exhilaration and adrenaline from ending the life of an animal. At the same time, fear had begun to poison their minds, one by one and would begin to consume them, distorting their better judgement and sanity. In the previous chapter, the group of boys had begun to split between the boys who would choose Jack, a primitive life, or with Ralph, a civilized society. Unfortunately, most of the boys went to Jack which forced Ralph to go visit their camp to make them see reason.
In Lord of the Flies, the boys had separated themselves into 2 groups, Ralphs or Jacks.Ralphs group was more civilized but Jacks group was more savage and were more into having fun than focusing on surviving on the island and thinking about the long run.The two leaders had come off to show themselves as strong and independent but later on, they started to gain this hatred in themselves selves for each other it grew so much that Jack had come to the point where he was ready to kill Ralph because he posed as a threat to him. In the book, it states how Ralph finds out how the other group is planning to kill him when all he wanted to do was try to be leader to keep everyone
The novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding features a recurring theme of savagery against civilization. But what exposes this theme are mainly the principle characters such as Ralph, Jack, and Piggy, which have an influence on the rest of the group in the story. And what is perceptible as the plot thickens, is that many peculiar aspects give us signs that savagery is manifesting into each one of the boys’ lives. These aspects are the increase in Ralph’s frustration and anguish with the group, Jack’s representation of savagery and the symbols which gain power to convey its manifestation. Firstly, in chapters four and five, Ralph experiences an increased frustration when the boys, who he is trying to lead in a civilized manner,
Ralph made the suggestion of needing a leader for the time being, and what exactly they needed to be able to survive. As Ralph showed characteristics of a great leader, although he lacks the ability to actually lead the group of rambunctious boys. Ralph does not constantly demand for the other boys respect and to see if orders were followed through, instead he whines and complains to the boys that they are not doing all what they are told, and are not doing them right. “all at once, Robert was screaming and struggling with the strength of frenzy. Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife.
It was during World War 2 and no adults survived the crash. It all started out well for the boys. Then they started to disagree about little things and throughout the story things started to decline and the group ends up separating into 2 tribes.The 2 tribes are run by Jack and Ralph. Things start to get violent and the boys slowly started turning towards savagery. One of the main characters, Jack, starts to become a dictator and he has the need for power and control in the story and he uses fear to control the other boys in his tribe.
In response, Boyd comments, “It is rather the coming of an awareness of darkness, of the evil in man’s heart that was present in the children all along” (Boyd 27). His elaboration explains how the beast was not only in Ralph but in all of the young boys. Boyd also mentions Ralph’s self-awareness and how he did come back to himself at the end of the book. Ralph’s innocence has vanished and he is beginning to regret the decisions
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.
The boys set rules and assign jobs, yet as time goes by, some boys are devolving and are breaking the rules which represents the defects in humanity, humans cannot stick to one thing for a long time. The theme is shown immensely through out the three chapters we have read so far. To begin with, only Ralph and Piggy who are full of fear are on the island. However they do not get along in the beginning, but they manage to work together to find the other boys. This is one of the first signs of the defects in humanity, two people do not get along so that creates a form of a chaotic setting.
Fragility Of Civilization Against Destructive Force Of Fear Fear has always been observed as a weakness of humankind. As a human impulse, this emotion is primarily used to ensure safety against something that is feared. However, it has been used countless times against civilizations, causing chaos, disorder, and destruction. Concerned of their own safety, people of the civilization fall to this fear, leaving everything aside, including order. William Golding in Lord of the Flies, a metaphorical novel demonstrates the regression of society.