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Lord of the flies - Write a couple of paragraphs describing how Jack is changing from an ordinary schoolboy into a savage and a beast.

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Write a couple of paragraphs describing how Jack is changing from an ordinary schoolboy into a savage and a beast. (English - Lord Of The Flies) At the beginning of the novel, Jack is introduced to us as part of a highly organised choir, almost regimented in style. Jack is in fact "the boy who controlled them", and his "cap badge was golden", whereas the rest of the boys' were silver. This suggests Jack's superiority, possibly assuming that he is more organised and disciplined than the other boys, which allows him authority over them. Golding subtely introduces Jack as though he is giving us a forewarning about his personality. In fact, Jack is first introduced to us as Merridew, which is his surname. He is called "Merridew" by all the boys. This reminds us of the public school system, where boys are called by their surnames, further suggesting a hierarchical public school ethos, with Jack at the top. In the first chapter, Jack is generally very orderly, and he thinks practically "about being rescued". ...read more.

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Hunting pigs." Here, there seems to be a development in Jack's character, and from being the rather ordinary schoolboy, he becomes quite obsessed with hunting for meat, and spilling blood. At one point, "Jack slammed his knife into a trunk and looked round challengingly." This is a very violent action. Here, Jack is seen to form a leadership of his own, which comes out through threat. In a way, he appeals to the smaller boys because he intimidates them with violence. Furthermore, when Ralph mentions that a fire is needed for smoke, so that people can locate the boys at the island and rescue them, Jack and the boys (except for Piggy and Ralph at first) are excited about the idea of a fire, because it represents danger, which is adventurous for them. Having a fire is not something that the boys can usually do, and this is why it is appealing to them. Jack, in particular, leads the boys and encourages the fire to start. In this chapter, we see the unpredictable, dangerous side of Jack, when order breaks down, and the fire gets out of control. ...read more.

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This points out that Jack may have been abandonned, and again hints savagery, because similarly to Jack who is barely dressed, animals do not wear any clothes. As he "breathed in gently with flared nostrils, assessing the current of warm air for information," Jack "passed his tongue across dry lips and scanned the uncommunicative forest." The descriptions here remind us of a predator, who uses tactics that a skilled animal would. He is possibly hungry as well, as he licks his dry lips, waiting for his prey. The words used by Golding in this chapter to describe Jack are very savage and animal-like. Jack's eyes are described as "bright blue eyes, that in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad." This point hints the loss of the human faculty to think and the overtaking of the animal instinct, as Jack is so frustrated and seems to be driven by a "seductive, maddening" instinct - "the promise of meat". The fact that "the forest and he were very still" is very important, because Jack seems to becomes part of the jungle environemt, and it's as though they almost become one. This also points out the development of Jack's character into a much more savage and bestial one. ...read more.

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