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Character Analysis on Jack from Lord of The Flies

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An Interview with William Golding about the characterisation of Jack during the Huts on the Beach chapter. Interviewer:Mr. Golding, let's continue the interview by talking about the part where Jack hits Piggy right on the stomach at the mountain top? Golding: I remember that was a particularly painful episode to write about! Interviewer: Let me ask, why did Jack hit Piggy and not Ralph? After all, it was Piggy who had provoked him? Did he still respect Ralph? Did he pity him? Golding: Well you see, Jack couldn't hit Ralph even if he wanted to. Ralph was still the chosen leader. You remember the voting, don't you? Interviewer: I do, yes. Golding: Well, Jack had no respect for Ralph. He knew he would lose some respect from the other boys who were starting to look up to Jack. Jack needed their trust - their commitment to him. He's waiting for the right time to defeat Ralph. ...read more.


By killing the pig and feeding the others, Jack gained trust and dependence from the boys. This is why he's so desperate for everyone, including Ralph, who is still the leader and secretly Jack's enemy, to eat the pig. Jack didn't share any with Piggy because it is obvious that he doesn't like Piggy. He hated Piggy! Piggy was too weak for him - he thinks - and therfore no use as a follower. And Piggy was also the symbol of the pig that they're eating. And of course later on Piggy was murdered. Interviewer:Jack can't stand alone? .. So what are you exactly saying about Jack? That he's a ..... ? Golding:Jack enjoyed the kill. I want to come as close as I can to saying that it was his nature to kill. To dominate. To kill a pig, first. But he only has power when there's people around him to support. He acts as a leader, not out of the good of the community but out of a desire to have his will done. ...read more.


He was listening to his desires not someone elses instructions. He wanted to discover his inner-self to be free with no one telling him what to do. Jack was a real animal, you see. This is something he wanted to do for a long time, -- to be free. He failed to kill the pig last time, he would try again and again for his pride. He wanted to hunt, he couldn't care less about the fire. Also, something about Jack is that he's irresponsible. He can't stay put with rules, he wants people to follow his rules - his rules. Not him following other people's rules. He's selfish, you see. Interviewer:So Jack, having his pride so high wouldn't want anyone to tell him what to do? Is this what you mean? I see.. Mr.Golding, do you think that Jack regrets saying sorry to Ralph about the fire? It's ironic isn't it, because in the end Jack tried to kill Ralph? ?? ?? ?? ?? English GCSE Coursework 02 March 2007 Janice Valentinus ...read more.

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