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Explain how Jack has developed so far in the novel by looking closely at significant passages in the novel.

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Introduction

Explain how Jack has developed so far in the novel by looking closely at significant passages in the novel. Jack's character sees significant changes during the first four chapters of 'Lord of the Flies' and it is clear that aspects of this character develop further and will continue to develop throughout the novel. From the start of the novel aspects of Jack's character make themselves apparent. When Jack and the choir first appears in the book the reader can sense that Jack despite only being young himself holds order over the choir, being described as 'the boy who controlled them'. Despite the lack of adult presence, the choir is 'wearily obedient' of Jack and his presence is strongly felt by the reader from the first instance. Jack's attitude towards Piggy, rudeness without any caution, is also recognised early on, 'You're talking too much, shut up Fatty' and Piggy's intimidation, 'he went very pink, bowed his head and cleaned his glasses again', indicates Jack's presence amongst the other characters and not only in the novel itself. ...read more.

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Despite this, there are only traces of what the future may hold for Jack and as Jack's first hunting 'adventure' is one of boyish excitement, savagery has not yet developed, 'The boys rushed forward and Jack drew his knife again with a flourish'. When Jack fails to catch the piglet he quickly defends his actions. As mentioned earlier he feels a need to defend himself, Jack will not be laughed at and his reliance on hero-worship is apparent.'I was choosing a place, I was just waiting for a moment to decide where to stab him'. Though soon after his childlike state is reiterated in Golding's words and why Jack did not kill the pig shows his failure to bring himself to do it and his evident young age.' The enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood'. At the start of chapter two Jack's urge to hunt still remains mostly a practical want. It is obvious the powerful aspects of his character, reliance on respect and worship and self-assurance, force his mind to set on coming back from his previous humiliation (failing to kill piglet),'All the same you need an army-for hunting. ...read more.

Conclusion

By the impact of this sentence there are no longer traces obvious to the reader which indicate Jack's age. He is no longer a young boy with an exciting interest but an ageless nameless creature. Another signal of the transformation from a practical need to hunt into a animal instinct is on page 55,' He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up'. The word compulsion gives an idea of an addiction, a yearning no longer limited by his own civilised control and 'swallowing him up' not only stands in the context of his desire to hunt but of the disappearance of the old Jack Merridew. The old Jack has been swallowed up by a stronger animal instinct, not given the chance to develop before being stranded on this desert island free from adult authority. Page 58 sees the last of the quotes that provide the case for Jack's significant development during the first four chapters of 'Lord of the Flies'. ' Jack had to think for a moment before he could remember what rescue was'. By Alice Baillie, 10S. ...read more.

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