Who Is The Sow's Head In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel, the sow's head, the actual Lord of the Flies, is one of the most deep symbols that exerts power over the boys. The boys experience some major events with the sow's head. Simon attempts to share his insight with the others although does not actually have the power to do so. Simon is the insightful one and gives his perspective on things although the boys may not be listening. It is crucial to remember that they are only 12 years old and younger. The sow's head, also known as the Lord of the Flies, wields a different kind of power. Jack uses the sow's head to control his hunters. In fact, the head of the slain pig tells him, "Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you?" (143). The sow's head wields a sense of power and maturity over the boys that they tend to lack. The strong, authoritarian, Jack wields power over the rest of the boys. Jack demonstrates certain kinds of power over the boys which makes the reader sense that he is an immoral character. He makes bad decisions for the group, is selfish, and is very controlling. Jack has no idea about what good values are. He is always thriving for the conch and always disrespects it. In the beginning of chapter two, it states, "Jack seized the conch" (36). Although this quote is quite vague, it is explaining that Jack conquered the conch therefore he could begin to speak. Jack is a narcissist. Jack was the leader of the choirboys, so when he lost the election for chief of the group…show more content…
It is important to recognize the deeper meaning of this novel and to try to put oneself in the boy's' shoes to see what it would be like to be stranded on an island with no supervision, rules, ethics and values to adhere to a respectful standard of living. The conch shell, the sow's head, and Jack wield a type of power over the boys in Lord of the
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