Lord Of The Flies Jack Character Analysis

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In lord of the flies the character Jack goes through some big changes while living on this island. Jack changes from an innocent little boy into a reckless savage of a boy. These changes are an impact of having no adults nor rules on this island full of stranded young boys ages six to twelve. Although Jack is not the only boy who experiences these types of changes, he is one of the few it is most noticeable in. Jack shows us what human nature does when rules are taken away. In the beginning of the book Jack is still good and still follows rules. At first he is ready to help Ralph to establish order for all of the boys on the island. He is actually the one who suggests having rules at the very first meeting of all the boys. He specifically says “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages, we’re English, and the English are the best at everything.” This is an ironic quote because of all the ways that Jack changes through out the entire book. Jack shows signs of still being good and having morals in the beginning of the book. One incident which shows he still wants to follow rules is the first time he has the chance to kill a pig. He catches the pig but does not kill it using the excuse “I was choosing a place. I was just waiting for a moment to decide where to stab him.” Jack uses this excuse to…show more content…
However, his control is solely through fear and torment. Jack uses fear to control all the boys and make them join his side, because he knows they will not join willingly. In the process of trying to gain control of all the boys Jack captures and torments Sam and Eric. He then has Roger kill piggy in an attempt to kill Ralph. After the attempt to kill Ralph fails he then continues hunting down Ralph to kill him so that he can be in full control. In his attempt to capture and kill Ralph, Jack sets the whole island on fire, which ironically also leads to the rescue of all the remaining
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