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Jack’s Power in Lord of the Flies

At the beginning we see Jack as a well-dressed choir leader, ” eachboy wore a square black cap with a silver badge in it.” suggestingthat he is civilised. We see also from this first point that he isintroduced, that he has a slightly mean streak in him as he gives ‘anorder’ to the other choir boys to “stand still”, even though the heatis far too much for them. They are in fear of him as they obey hisorder. The boys also did as Jack said when they “raised their hands””with dreary obedience” to vote him for chief.

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This mean streak also occurs when he is constantly dismissing Piggyand telling him to “shut up”.

When Ralph brings in rules about the conch and shelters Jack becomesdefiant and would much rather be exploring or hunting. Ralph and Jackhave some confrontation about the shelters and also about the rulewith the conch as “Jack broke out of his gyration and stood facingRalph”. Jack thinks that the conch rule is a silly rule and when Ralphtells Jack that he is breaking the rules he simply replies with “whocares?” or “sod you!”

Jack is also unsympathetic towards the littluns’ and refers to them asa “useless lot of cry-babies”.

Jack becomes fearless and some of the other boys respect him as a goodhunter because he has “been everywhere”. The other boys also thinkthat he is more fun because he just hunts and doesn’t care about allthe rules. The first instance when we see Jack becoming savage is whenhe paints his face as a disguise “like moths on a tree trunk” andstarts wearing few clothes unlike the boy with the ” square black cap”that we were introduced to at the start. When Jack becomes disguisedhe intrigues the other boys because he starts…

…Ralph has no one leftthey nearly kill him too, except that they are rescued.

Jack’s rise to power meant that he became the most fearless andfearsome character. The boys respected him for his hunting, but afterthe death of Simon he became even more feared by Ralph and Piggy.

The resentment for Ralph that Jack carried from near enough thebeginning was the fuel for Ralph’s attempted death. Jack’s power wentstraight to his head and the tribe became completely uncivilised andout of control. There were no rules and the boys did as they pleasedand all though they enjoyed themselves we are left wondering whatwould have happened if the boys were not rescued when they were. Ithink we can say that Ralph would have been killed but would furtherseparation have been on the cards? I think that perhaps Roger may havewanted more power if given the chance.

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