This shows how quickly Jack changed from a young, polite boy to a violent and sadistic savage. After Robert was used as a pig in the boys’ game of hunting, the boys thought that the game was extremely enjoyable and that they would do it again. After Robert was seriously injured, he says to the boys, “‘You want a real pig because you’ve got to kill him.’ ‘Use a littlun,’ said Jack, and everybody laughed” (Golding 165). In other words, Jack suggests that they should literally kill a littlun so that the boys can reenact what happened when they killed a pig. Before, Jack could not bring himself to even kill a pig.
Thought his first instinct is to draw his knife, he is unable to continue because of “the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood”. This displays the innocence that once existed in Jack. This shows that Jack is civilized enough to be unable to harm the pig. However, after returning from their successful hunt, Jack and the boys chant, "Kill the pig. Cut her throat.
We're going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody. And we'll look for the snake tooâ€¦" This confirmed for the children that even Jack, the largest of the biguns, was starting to worry about a beast. This slowly creates a feeling of general fear amongst all of the children. Jack works them into a frenzy so strong that even Piggy joins in with Jacks dance: "Piggy and Ralph â€¦ found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society". The fear of the beast, created by both Jack and the littluns ensured they armed themselves before they even saw the beast or Simon coming out of the jungle: "The hunters took their spears, the cooks took spits, and the rest clubs of firewood."
Later in the book, Jack left behind all his morals and triumphantly killed a sow.... ... middle of paper ... ...e him over so he could successfully hunt a pig. Roger did not have any inherent kindness, but he did not let it show until the other children became evil. If he showed his true nature early on, the others would never have accepted him. The only one to realize the destructive force overcoming them was Simon. When he had a hallucination about the beast, he realized it was not something tangible, but a part of everyone.
I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” (Golding 158) The Lord of the Flies suggests that his presence is the reason for the boys’ descent into savagery and madness, beginning with the children’s fear of the beast’s existence, followed by Jack’s brutality when killing the pig as well as his transformation into a savage, finally culminating in the frenzied murder of Simon at the hands of the children who mistake him for the beast. While they are beating Simon to death they are also chanting "Kill the beast!
Jack`s face painting influences the boys to such an extreme that they lose their individuality alongside with their ability to make civilized decisions. He takes it a step farther by re-enacting the killing by substituting the pigs with real people. Jack’s sadistic side is visible, as he finds pleasure by killing and harming. Since the beginning Jack had been envious of Ralph`s position and greedy for power, and in order to satisfy his desire... ... middle of paper ... ...the unthinkable. William Golding Lord of the Flies articulates the idea evil residing within every human through three characters.
By the end of the novel, Ralph becomes the prey of Jack's bloodthirsty group, and at the very end of the novel "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy"(Golding 225) to show that he will never change, he has found the evil that lurks within all human beings. Jack on the other hand, became more of a savage person as the book progressed. For example, the first time he encounters a pig, he is unable to bring himself to kill it. But Jack soon becomes obsessed with hunting and devotes himself to the task, painting his face like a barbarian and giving himself over to bloodlust. After he first kills a pig "His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away it's life like a long satis... ... middle of paper ... ...eat battle of wills between Ralph and Jack culminating in Jack and his tribe hunting down and smoking Ralph out of the forest, which ultimately led to their rescue.
Although Jack does have a knife with him his hesitation combined with the overwhelming reality of the situation keeps Jack stunned in his place and the pig escapes untouched. Jack swears to himself and the others that he will kill the next pig and this pressure to perform to prove himself a true and worthy hunter, leads him to obsession over the hunt. To Jack the hunt becomes more than just a game, or a source of food, it becomes his mission, duty and purpose on the island. When Jack makes his first kill he is spellbound by the power of life and death he exerts on the pig and is fascinated by the warm blood that pours from the wound he cuts to slit the pigs throat.
Jack is the perfect example of a boy whose dark side took over when he was no longer bound down to a civil environment. After being unable to bear killing a pig due to the horrific blood, he became eager to gain respect, almost redeem himself, by becoming a hunter. He was remarkably enthusiastic about hunting. He painted his face and got spears. He eventually cared no more for being rescued, because all he wanted to do was kill pigs.
After Jack’s failed attempt at leadership shortly after the arrival on the island, he becomes more and more obsessed with the desire of hunting and killing of pigs. However in instances where the pig is represented by Robert he still chants “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” and repeatedly jabs Robert (Golding 125).