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Jack's Power

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Jack's Power At the beginning we see Jack as a well-dressed choir leader, "...each boy wore a square black cap with a silver badge in it." suggesting that he is civilised. We see also from this first point that he is introduced, that he has a slightly mean streak in him as he gives 'an order' to the other choir boys to "stand still", even though the heat is far too much for them. They are in fear of him as they obey his order. The boys also did as Jack said when they "raised their hands" "with dreary obedience" to vote him for chief. This mean streak also occurs when he is constantly dismissing Piggy and telling him to "shut up". When Ralph brings in rules about the conch and shelters Jack becomes defiant and would much rather be exploring or hunting. ...read more.


When Jack becomes disguised he intrigues the other boys because he starts leaping around and laughing excitedly he felt "liberated from shame and self-consciousness". Jack becomes almost animal like with his movement too we see him "bent double" with a "bare back" and "flared nostrils" which isn't a human-like description at all. The chapter 'Huts on the beach' is when we start to see a small division between the group. Many of the boys want to have fun and see Jack's hunting as the fun they wanted, "this'll be a real hunt! Who'll come?", rather than building shelters. Jack breaks piggy's glasses after he let the fire go out and the glasses are a sign of civilisation as they light the fire. It is like Jack has become uncivilised. When there is talk about the beast Jack tries to convince people that there is no such thing. ...read more.


Jacks tribe performs eccentric dances around their fire "do our dance! Come on! Dance!" and they are responsible for Piggy's death and when Ralph has no one left they nearly kill him too, except that they are rescued. Jack's rise to power meant that he became the most fearless and fearsome character. The boys respected him for his hunting, but after the death of Simon he became even more feared by Ralph and Piggy. The resentment for Ralph that Jack carried from near enough the beginning was the fuel for Ralph's attempted death. Jack's power went straight to his head and the tribe became completely uncivilised and out of control. There were no rules and the boys did as they pleased and all though they enjoyed themselves we are left wondering what would have happened if the boys were not rescued when they were. I think we can say that Ralph would have been killed but would further separation have been on the cards? I think that perhaps Roger may have wanted more power if given the chance. Joanne Bowdery ...read more.

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