The author applies Jack in the novel in order so people understand the thirst for power in society. Jack is a character whose behavior is shaped by the mentality of being the best which is frequently encountered in society, given that extremely ambitious people would do anything in order to have influence and fame. Like Jack, a lot of people will manipulate their friends in order to exert power over them, wanting to keep their high position in society. Specifically, in chapter 2, Ralph requested that the boys stay on the hill in order to illuminate the island, thus them being rescued. Jack persuaded the other boys to make a fire to scare away the beast.
Jack creates the idea of the beast and provides just enough evidence of its existence in order for the boys to follow him blindly. They rely upon him for information about the beast, and in doing so, they start to believe everything he says. The boys view him as the solution to the problem. Jack is jealous of ralph getting to be the leader when he’s the oldest, so jack gets the boys to turn on ralph and been in his tribe. This can be seen throughout the story, The Lord of the
By the end of the novel, as time had passed and savagery influence natural grew Ralph became a public enemy out of spite for ordered life. Throughout the novel there are key moments in which savagery can be seen making quick and large strides for influence through Jack. This is because of savageries fun and appeal in the boys current environment. “There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled commonsense”(71). This quote literally expresses some of the main distinctions between Jack and Ralph’s thinking as well as the benefits of each ideology.
When Samneric are on watch they believe they see the beast so they go back to the camp to tell and Jack insists that they need to go and find the beast. “‘Let’s be moving,’ said Jack relentlessly, ‘We’re wasting time”(144). As soon as Jack finds out about the beast being seen ,the first thing he wants to do is go after it, trying to protect everyone. Yes, Jack is capable of protecting the boys better than Ralph, but is that all he plans on doing? Ralph makes many efforts to help the boys by trying to get them rescued; it seems like Jack is making efforts to help them on the island, not trying to remove them from the island in
If there 's a beast, we 'll hunt it down! We 'll close in and beat and beat and beat-" (p.114) once again jack is sepaking of thr beast again, he is convincing the boys that there absolutely is a beast and that he can protect them by hunting it. Meanwhile piggy dose not belive there is a beast, jack continues to shove the fear of the beast down everyones throats and manipulating the boys so he can gain more power and control over the
Ralph finds a conchs, and blows on it. There are coming more boys out of the woods. Then they choose a leader. Ralph and jack both want to be the leader, Ralph wins. Ralph still gives Jack the job to hunt and keep the fire on that will get them rescued.
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.
As the boys grow more savage, their belief in the beast grows stronger. By the end of the novel, the boys are leaving it sacrifices and treating it as a totemic god. The boys’ behavior is what brings the beast into existence, so the more savagely the boys act, the more real the beast seems to become. says the beast is just fear of the unknown: "I know there isn 't no beast—not with claws and all that, I mean—but I know there isn 't no fear, either" (5.99). Simon, on the other hand, insists that the beast is "only us" (5.195).
Jack’s hunters follow his every demand and now the tribe has inherited a part of evil in as followed by the quote, “Boys armed with sticks” (Golding 157). Jack has trained his tribe to be armed at all times and he even refers to the boys as “hunters.” Hunting with his followers gives him a rush of adrenaline and he thrives off the power. Jack uses his surroundings as an advantage to him in order to control, which corrupts innocence. In response, Woodward adds, “This is evil, an action, like Jack’s, so reprehensible that we cannot imagine a punishment for it” (Woodward 60). The want for power strengthens and his hunger increases, but what he was unaware of was the fact that he was destroying his own mind.
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.