But, they have to make critical decisions that will end up determining their fate, one of the most important being whom to make their leader. Ultimately, all the boys lean toward a character, Jack, who becomes increasingly abusive and corrupt. William Golding suggests that it is out of fear that people follow corrupt leaders similar to Jack, which he expresses through the depiction of Jack as a violent character, the abolition of any rules that he does not set himself, and his exploitation and escalation of the other boys’ fears. In Lord of the Flies, Golding depicts one of the boys, Jack, as a violent and aggressive person, getting the other boys to follow him, even though he is corrupt. Jack physically abuses the boys, until driven by fear, they subject to his dictatorship.
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding expresses the idea that humans are naturally immoral, and that people are moral only because of the pressures of civilization. He does this by writing about a group of boys, and their story of survival on an island. The civilized society they form quickly deteriorates into a savage tribe, showing that away from civilization and adults, the boys quickly deteriorate into the state man was millions of years ago. This tendency is shown most in Jack, who has an animalistic love of power, and Roger, who loves to kill for pleasure. Even the most civilized boys, Ralph and Piggy, show that they have a savage side too as they watch Simon get murdered without trying to save him.
Pure freedom can only lead to disaster. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding demonstrates that when civilisation falls away and individuals are left to their own immediate desires, anarchy ensues in its most savage form. Golding uses the character development of Jack from civilized to savage, and the events leading to the deaths of Simon and Piggy to emphasize this theme. Jack, when first introduced is a nice choir boy, however throughout the novel after he the isolation from civilisation, progressively develops into an evil bloodthirsty savage while tending to his personal desires. 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.
Again we see how the fire symbolizes power but this time differently because instead of being used for survival and rescue it’s used as destruction and as a weapon for hunting. Jack uses the fire by burning a thicket where Ralph is hiding to be able to take him out. He then hunts him down to mount his head on the sharp stick like the pig’s head. Jack loses complete sense of his mind and is definitely stripped away from what is considered civilized. His immoral actions take the best of him and the others in the island and led them all to forget what is truly important, which is to be rescued.
The tall, scrawny, “ugly without silliness'; boy is constantly trying to break away from Ralph, who is orderly, and his rules. For example, Jack always breaks the rule of speaking while holding the conch. He interrupts almost everyone, especially Piggy, when they are speaking. The fact that Jack frequently picks on Piggy is a symbol of how brawn and brutality will often overwhelm intellect (Piggy represents the intellectual part of society). Jack even goes as far as to break Piggy’s glasses, another symbol of order and society, which shows how he is going to later destruct and eventually destroy every last part of normal society that remains on the island.
William Golding Lord of the Flies articulates the idea evil residing within every human through three characters. Jack is a boy who forgets about morals and compassion right after he is marooned. He becomes a deranged individual who destroys anything that stands in his path. Roger was directly influenced by Jack he represents the characteristics of sadism, bloodlust and cruelty which resides within every human heart. Ralph is a character who desperately tries to remain civilized and cultured but he eventually gives into his natural villainous instincts.
Man vs. society shows itself through Ralph trying to get everyone to work together to have some semblance of civilization, but he is constantly being shot down because of laziness or differing opinions of the other boys. When anarchy takes over and the beast is no controlling the boys the reader begins to see man vs. man. After the boys were on Jack’s side of the island they were in a frenzied state when they mistook Simon for the beast, shouting, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!
Jack bullies Piggy endlessly throughout the novel, but one would wonder why someone would do such a thing. Obviously, Piggy is really upset. It is believed that Jack bullies Piggy because Piggy found the conch shell, which gives Ralph and Piggy more power than Jack. Jack feels that he has to have lea... ... middle of paper ... ...one begins their life in an evil phase, but adults and surroundings shape your personality in the end. Mankind is born evil because violence, greed and power are favored.
As the novel continues, Jack becomes more savage, strengthening his ability to lead the group. Jack’s thirst for authority and violence are closely connected as both characteristics allow him to feel powerful. By the end of the novel, Jack has discovered that the boys’ fear of the beast is useful in controlling their behavior. Over the course of the boys’ time on the island, Jack’s behavior has experienced a significant transformation due to lack of civilization, primitive acts and cruelty towards others. One of the major developments in Jack’s behavior during his time on the island was loosing touch of the civilized world.
Jack is once again expressing his desire for anarchy, and hatred of society and rules. This quote is meaningful because Jack begins to demonstrate excessive control over the boys when they brutally beat Wilfred. Ralph begins to become brainwashed when he finds no trouble in assisting Jack in “[beating] Wilfred... He didn't say what for. Jack got angry and made us tie him up,” (golding 176).