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Weve got to have rules and obey them. After all were not savages. Discuss Jacks statement in Chapter Two in the light of the events of Chapters One to Five of Lord of the Flies

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'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages.' Discuss Jack's statement in Chapter Two in the light of the events of Chapters One to Five of 'Lord of the Flies' Lord of the Flies is a classic novel, written by William Golding, encompassing the fragility of man's nature when stranded on a deserted island. Jack, a prominent character in the novel discovers that order is the key to surviving the situation the boys are in. However, this deeply held belief changes as Jack endures a pivotal moment by the end of Chapter Five, and we begin to Jack's true colors. We are first introduced to Jack as he marches his group of choirboys towards the sound of the conch."...Party of boys marching...in two parallel lines dressed...throat to ankle...by black cloaks" (16) ...read more.


He cried excitedly. 'Lots of rules!'"(33). Jack is very negative towards a commonly targeted character nicknamed Piggy. He constantly torments and taunts him. This is evident from the very beginning. "We don't want you' said Jack flatly.' (21) He frequently impugns the power of the conch, declaring that conch rules do not matter on certain parts of the island. Yet, he uses the conch to his advantage as much as possible. For instance, when he calls his own assembly to impeach Ralph. For him, the conch represents the rules and boundaries that have kept him from dominating others. In the world the come from, the boys have been manipulated by strict rules, set by a society against physical aggression. These morals grow thinner and thinner for Jack as he adapts to the island. To illustrate, Jack cannot kill the pig, he cannot begin to think about doing something so savage-like, it is out of the question. ...read more.


His domain is the emotions, which rule and fuel his animal nature. He begins to take on a whole new personality with his painted face. Now that he has a mask, it's acceptable to do what he wants "...the mask was a thing on its own, behind, which Jack, hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness." (68) Golding uses British schoolboys to illustrate where they're coming from. In jack's case, it's what he will become. His basis of rules and limitation sink beneath his urge to establish his leadership. He quickly loses interest in that world of politeness and boundaries, which is why he does not attend to responsibilities for the betterment or survival of the group in its entirety. Golding uses subtle hints to convey Jack's pivotal moment in his nature. "he began to dance and his laughter became a blood thirsty snarling" (68) As Jack rises on the totem pole of power, his behavior becomes more violent, and the security of the community is jeopardized. ...read more.

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