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How is Jack presented in" Lord of the Flies"?

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How does William Golding present Jack and the choir in the first five chapters of Lord of the Flies? The description of Jack and the choir in the first chapter is highlighted by the use of the metaphor ?creature? which foreshadows the savage behaviour that the choir will exhibit. Jack is described as being ?ugly without silliness? with eyes ?turning, or ready to turn, to anger? which implies he can be a nasty person and there is nothing comical about his ugliness, which is disturbing. He bosses his choir around: ?Choir! Stand still!? but they seem to vote for him with ?dreary obedience? which shows that they are not fond of him but also can?t seem to challenge him. The ?offhand authority? in his voice makes him seem like a strong leader. However, Jack instructs the choir to leave Simon alone when he faints which shows he doesn?t care about the weaker members in the community and is unconcerned for the welfare of others. ...read more.


He also tries to bend the rules by saying that the conch ?doesn?t count? on the mountain and he completely refuses to abide by them, shouting ?Bollocks to the rules!? In this way, Golding presents Jack as an adherent of the evil in every human where, no matter how you have been brought up, when you are placed in an environment with an absence of law and order, the evil becomes more prominent. Golding uses Jack?s growing obsession with hunting as a clear indicator of his descent into savagery. Jack is not concerned about Ralph?s determination to build huts, which again shows he isn?t worried about the safety of the community. Instead, Jack prioritises hunting and claims: ?We want meat?, even though the rest of his hunters have run off to swim. At the start, Jack finds it impossible to kill a pig because he?s unable to break through the moral grounds laid for him by society. ...read more.


Jack and the choir appear to be more savage, chanting: ?Spill her blood?. The fact that Jack managed to break the twins away from their duties of tending the fire and sway them to his cause shows his controlling nature. Jack?s invite of fun (hunting) is clearly more appealing than having responsibilities (tending the fire), which shows us that the balance of power has shifted to Jack and thus making the boys less civilised. For example, when Jack apologises, a buzz of ?admiration? is emanated from his hunters, which makes Jack look like the better leader than Ralph. The consuming of ?Jack?s? meat is important as Jack later says that Ralph cannot hunt so he has no right to tell people what to do. By succumbing to the meat provided by Jack, Ralph?s role has diminished and it is realised that Jack needs to lead. Jack is presented as a powerful, manipulative leader here as most of the boys, including the littluns, have started to follow him when at the start Ralph seemed like the best leader. ...read more.

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