Ralph is responsible because he makes the mistake of giving Jack power; he is unable to control the other boy when Jack starts to become savage and he is prone to fleeting lapses in self-control. Jack is responsible because he blatantly disregards the “rules” of the island. He forcibly takes items from the other boys - namely Piggy and Ralph - and he focuses on satisfying his immediate needs, instead of thinking of the future. The complete disregard for civility at the end of Lord of the Flies is a result of the three main characters’ inability to see things from a perspective different to their own. Piggy is liable for the disregard for civilization because he would rather complain about the mistakes that the other boys are making than try to correct them.
From small nuances such as churlish remarks to fights, it is obvious that Jack intends to eventually either dethrone Ralph or form his own tribe. In one instance, Ralph assigns Jack a very simplistic task of watching the fire on the mountain, yet Jack decides that his appetence for blood and meat is more important than fulfilling his duty to the fire. Disobeying Ralph’s orders, Jack defects from his post to hunt and does not attempt to have another person tend the fire in his absence. Because of Jack’s actions, Ralph verbally scolds Jack and states to Jack, “You talk. But you can’t even build hut... ... middle of paper ... ...would be in the pursuit of righteousness due to the fact that he was the leader of the choir at a private boys’ school.
As a result, choices tend motivated by the idea of increasing not only their honor, but soothing their insulted pride. Their actions tend to be chosen because of their honor was insulted, which as a result has wounded their pride, and it seems necessary to seek revenge. These choices sometimes lead to devastating consequences and retribution by the gods and other men. The two, honor and pride are so intertwined with one another, that it can be hard to distinguish between the two. However, heroic mortal men like Achilles and Odysseus, whose stories are found within The Iliad and The Odyssey, experience and are often consumed by the damming vice of pride, or hubris, and therefore are subjected to the ramifications that come with their decisions.
He overcomes all the challenges he faces with his pride, the feeling that he needs to do it. While Odysseus has his trials, he never gave in, staying loyal to that he loves; his men, his country and his family. These are traits that are held in very high esteem and everyone should look to gain. There is nothing more admirable than the devotion Odysseus has to his causes, and one can only hope to be as loyal as him.
Oedipus shows similar behavior when he tells Teiresias “… it has no strength for you because you are blind in mind and ears as well as in your eyes” (Sophocles, 428 – 430). Oedipus doesn’t respect oracle’s information that is given to him and this shows that not only is he arrogant, but this addresses Oedipus’ hubris and ignorant behavior as he denies his fate. Both Oedipus and Okonkwo, are arrogant and refuse to be told to that they are wrong about anything and these tragic flaw in each character contributes to their responsibility in their demise. But, Oedipus always brings up his personal achievements when he became the leader of Thebes to show his pride. Meanwhile, Okonkwo relives his glory days when he defeated Amalinze, also known as the Giant cat to influence himself to show courage, strength, and that he is a powerful leader.
I can sing C-sharp” (22). His motives for wanting to become leader are ultimately egocentric as he mentions nothing about his utility or his contribution to the group of boys. However, Jack's wish to become leader is partially granted when he leads a hunting expedition. As a result, the boys' unattended signal fire burns out, but when Ralph mentions this, Jack becomes “vaguely irritated by this irrelevance” (69) but is also “too happy to let it worry him” (69). The self-absorbed boy has no desire to be rescued and even wants to stay on the island, thus he puts his desire to hunt before everything else and endangers everyone by not tending to essential chores.
When the boys vote, they pick Ralph over Jack as chief, as a result Jack feels humiliated ,“Even the choir applauded...”(pg 23). Jack feels defeated when this event occurred, even more so when his loyal choir applauded for Ralph and after Jack’s defeat,”...the freckles on [his] face disappeared under a blush of mortification.”(pg.23). Jack’s savage nature is a result of him wanting to compensate for not being chief. Jack wants to prove that he deserves to be chief instead of Ralph by proving to the other boys that he is stronger than Ralph. However, as the book progresses, Ralph stays as chief and Jack becomes progressively more savage.
Odysseus’ outrage reveals the fact that he only follows his own instincts by believing he is right about everything. He decides to yell at the Cyclops and ignores his men’s warnings which resulted in some deaths of his own men. He also shows how stubborn he is by not accepting help from others even if they’re from his own men. As mentioned on page 680, “Odysseus does not tell his men of Circe’s last prophecy--that he will be the only survivor of their long journey.” This suggests that Odysseus doesn’t bother to think about his men to tell him he’s going to be the only survivor. If he was one of the men, he would want to know if he wasn’t going to make it home alive.... ... middle of paper ... ...that lead him and others to have unpleasant consequences.
The narrator implies the boy's failure to understand the importance of a leader. After the boys accept Ralph as chief, Ralph gives power over the choir boys to Jack.
His moral deficiency that defines him as an antihero--and prevents him from being the hero of the story though he is the protagonist--is stressed throughout the novel but is also mainly tempered by his immense ability to love Catherine and the sympathy that his character receives as a result of that love. He is hardened like stone cliffs by his immorality, but he is also softened by his love for Catherine; he is a villain but also a hero. His duality as a character ties into the theme of doubles that connects the two generations of the story while allowing Brontë to point out the imperfections of mankind and our inability to always be a hero.