What Does Jack Symbolize In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel, Lord of the Flies, the author William Golding transforms young boys into savages, "What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?" (Golding, William 91). After being stranded on an island with nothing but other boys and some pigs, the boys are alone on the island. In the story, a boy named Jack goes through a strong evolution of being civil and wild. In The Lord of the Flies, Golding transforms Jack using symbols such as jealousy, leadership, and hunting to evolve him into a barbaric boy. After the voting went and Ralph was named chief of the boys, Jack went through changes, "The circle of boys broke into applause. Even the choir applauded; Jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification" (23). Jack is used as a symbol in the story by bringing hatred out of his civil nature towards Ralph because of jealousy. He is jealous of the power that was handed off to Ralph, that he thinks he should get. The hatred in his mind is building as Ralph takes more and more power away temporarily because Ralph is becoming more powerful as he takes away some of Jack's responsibilities. As both of the boys are put up against society as individuals fighting for power Jack has respect for …show more content…

In the story, Jack is used as a symbol in the terms of hunting. Jack uses this excuse to cover the savage and the violence that he wants to the lash out on others and that is to get food. He always makes the claim that he hunts for food because the boys need it, but he really hunts for the sport. When he hunts he uses paint to cover himself from the animals he is killing, but he uses it to cover his identity and the mask labels him as a savage, "'Well, we won't be painted,' said Ralph, 'because we aren't savages.'" (172) Jack hunts for the sport and has the adrenaline, he couldn't care less if they had food to eat. Jack just wanted to kill, which led him to try to kill

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