Merridew is the one character who tends to make it harder for the rest of the characters in the novel. Jack never can agree with the entire group, unless in consists with hunting or being in power, which this says a lot about his personality. In the novel Jack ends up letting the fire out. Infuriating Ralph because he seen a ship off the horizon going a different direction. The ship did not see the smoke to rescue the boys from the island because Jack was more worried about hunting a pig instead of maintaining the fire while the others worked on other things for the camp.
Roger pushes a boulder where Piggy was standing; subsequently Piggy is killed. Jack’s obsession with hunting and killing lead to the separation of the boys, additionally Jack’s actions influenced other boys to act like him. The boys being stranded on the island with no adult lead to loss of civilization within Ralph and Piggy, and the boys around them. Ralph and Piggy try to maintain law and order, but the innocence with them is lost. Additionally, Jack’s desire for hunting and blood kills Simon.
What would you do if you were stuck on an island? In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, English schoolboys find themselves in this exact situation. The boys, with their ages varying from six to twelve years old, get into a horrendous plane crash in which no adults survive, and they must fend for themselves on a mysterious uninhabited island. The boys attempt to organize themselves and establish a civilized way of life on the island. Led by Ralph, the boys set rules, hold assemblies and assign jobs.
Jack is the first character who is corrupted by his human savagery. Jack is the first to deviate from order. The first hunt that Jack goes on invigorates him, but he is unable to kill the pig that they caught. Jack then realizes that being nice won’t allow him to catch the pig, so he instills a ruthless mindset to kill this pig, “Kill the pig! Cut his throat!
SInce Jack grew stronger throughout the book he only cares about hunting “We’ll make sure we’ll go hunting” (37). The thought of hunting overruled Ralphs idea of staying alive and getting rescued. “Look we’ve killed a pig- we stole up on them- we got in a circle-” (69). Ralph spoke “You let the fire go out” “I cut the pig’s throat” Jack said proudly (69). Through the hardships and struggles between the two main characters Ralph and Jack, made them similar but it just as pulled them apart, Ralph and jack both wanted to be leaders to have authority and power, as Ralph used it wisely, Jack misused his authority which caused a rivalry between the two.
And we were going to keep the fire going...’” (150), we see Ralph not only asserting his democratic and fairly gained power, but also trying to refocus the boys on their long term goal of rescue. Jack’s first manipulation over the boys is by focusing on killing the pig to eat as food. In the quote, “‘He’s not a hunter. He’d never have got us meat...He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing.’” (126), Jack is manipulating the
However, the satisfaction in his civilized society rapidly deteriorates, and Ralph can no longer uphold the civilization which provided security to the boys. The power struggle proceeds to chaos, an ethical war between the civil mindset in which these British boys were raised, and the savagery which lies within. Moreover, the island erodes the morals and principles of the boys to reveal the darkness of their intrinsic nature. The role of leadership therefore falls on Jack’s shoulders, as he provides an outlet for these boys to express this shift in their morality. His leadership is embraced by the boys, even Piggy and Ralph, who opposed his cruel and unusual leadership were “eager to take a place in this demented, but partly secure society.“ (pg.167).
First, a boy is gruesomely murdered out of fear that he is a beast. Next, another boy is killed while trying to keep the island civilized so that the boys may soon become rescued. Lastly, the boys are rescued but finally realize that the only thing they should have been fearing was fear itself. This relates to our society today because there are many times where people make irrational decisions out of fear of the unknown. This novel teaches us that even though fear may blind us we need to make rational decisions no matter the
He became the leader of the tribe which shows just how savage he has become. The more savage the boys become, the further they get from their childlike innocence. After Ralph was chosen as their leader, some of the boys go out for food. They come across a pig and Jack almost kills it but does not. When the other ask him about it he replied, “’I was choosing a place.
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. By now almost all of the boys are with jack and in his tribe except Ralph, Piggy, and SamnEric. Eventually SamnEric switch tribes and go to Jack out of fear and it’s just Ralph and Piggy left. They decide to go talk to Jack and try to talk some sense into him and Piggy ends up dead. Just Ralph is left and Jack sends his tribe on a hunt for him and while there doing that they run into