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The Change in Jack in "Lord of Flies".

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?In every man?s heart there is a devil, but we do not know the man as bad until the devil is roused?. This quote from Sigmund Freud shows us that evil can at times constitute the actions and consequences reflecting mankind?s impulsive and vindictive instincts. The book ?Lord Of The Flies? by William Golding illustrates the idea that in a state of nature, humans can default to their inherent malicious instincts and create a chaotic and dangerous society where no order, structure and rules are apparent. With Golding?s underlying theme that human society is inherently malicious without rules, structure and order and that evil resides within, the character Jack Merridew is vividly represented by these themes in his transformation from a civilised British boy to a barbaric savage. ...read more.

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is becoming more submissive and doubtful in his views. So also, the argument about either hunting or building huts on the beach in chapter 5 further states that his strong and influential opinion of a confident leader, that impacted on the community. With Jack becoming the primary leader in the latter, the power that he possessed made him evil and corrupt, and influenced the entire society to digress from rules and order that civilisation had implanted in them. Jack?s ghastly violence is mainly portrayed through his obsession of hunting, bringing out his devilish tendencies that are within and creating savage urges that make him act in a cannibalistic manner. At the start of the book, he has great difficulty to kill a piglet caught in creepers due to his stronghold on norms of civilisation, but the norms of civilisation slowly dwindle upon him and his true merciless and vindictive instincts emerge. ...read more.

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The death of Simon and Piggy, also resembles how human nature can be malevolent and sinful. Jack had no penitence to what he had done for killing had become second nature for him. We as the readers are positioned to view Jack as a boy who fully transforms from a civilised British boy to an impulsive savage. Golding brings across themes that human society can turn malice when no rules, order and structure are apparent, and that evil resides within mankind; making none of us escapable from it. Through the use of the character Jack Merridew it illuminates to us that evil exists and flows within, and fears us what can run riot, and harm others. Humans are intrinsically violent animals, and when located in a non-civilised location, volatile instincts can arise. ...read more.

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