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How does Golding convey Jack's regression to a more savage state?

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How does Golding convey Jack's regression to a more savage state? William Golding conveys Jack's regression to a more savage state in many different ways. One of the ways in which he does this is by using the setting. The fact that wild plants and creepers are growing almost everywhere around Jack is a typical stereotype of primitive land. Jack did not seem to be trying to avoid them, which could suggest that he has already started getting used to them, as a savage or primitive being would be. Also, Jack had not planned the way that he was going to take when travelling through the forest; instead, he just followed faint trails and hoped they would lead him to what he wanted. By doing this, he was already thinking like a savage. Jack seemed to have a very close connection with the forest that he was hunting in. With only small signs, he was able to realise that the forest was inhabited as other creatures, creatures that he was trying to hunt. Also, Golding describes the forest like he describes Jack, for example when he says 'the forest and he were very still'. ...read more.


This is exactly the state of mind that Jack wants to revert to in order to hunt like a savage. Jack was also starting to use his senses more effectively like animals. 'His nostrils flared'. This shows his awareness to smells, which is essential to predators. The way that William Golding described Jack's actions also made him seem very savage-like. The way in which he drank when he came back to where the other boys were building huts would be thought of as rude in our society. When he drank, the water splashed over his chin and neck, like a primitive being that has not yet learned to control his hands properly. Also, he was crouching most of the time, like a savage that found it hard to stand up straight on two legs. This is also symbolic because it is as if he has been reduced to something lower than what he was before he got onto the island. His actions during hunting also suggested a more savage state. He was tracking prey in a primitive way, and was attracted to signs in the forest such as hoof prints and snapped twigs on the ground which would not easily be spotted by a modern human being. ...read more.


The descriptions of sound that Golding used to describe Jack hinted savage connections. For example when he had finished drinking, he 'breathed nosily'. This is a typical example of savage actions. Also, when the birds in the forest flocked away, the sound they made startled Jack a lot. A savage would easily be startled by this because they would be cautious and think it was a predator about to catch them. Whereas now, we know we are at the top of the food chain and would not be as cautious. When the boys are building their huts and Jack returns from hunting, Golding used the word 'complication' to describe it. This shows that their thinking was quite primitive at that time. Jack's job, hunting, was very unsophisticated compared to what the other boys were doing, building huts. Finally, to stress on the fact that Jack is in the forest is made clear to the reader by titling the chapter 'Huts on the beach' and not something like 'Hunting in the forest'. These are all the ways in which the writer has conveyed Jack's regression to a more savage state. Ashlen 10 Wyatt ...read more.

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