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The Significance of Jack in Lord of the Flies

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Significance of Jack in Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies was written several years after the end of World War Two; as Golding was exposed to a plethora of atrocities on the western front, the war would have impacted his life significantly. Golding uses Jack to express his concerns about the innate, evil passion for savagery. One of the most obvious and yet significant factors about Jack is his appearance. Golding introduces him by denoting his hair as "red" and his "light blue eyes" as being "ready to turn to anger". In spite of this un-friendly introduction, the reader, to some extent, is tricked into accepting the innocence and friendliness of Jack - "Jack and Ralph smiled at each other". Perhaps Golding uses the symbolic colour of red, and the savage appearance of Jack, to lament the inevitable. ...read more.

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At the start of the novel he is described as one "who to himself with an inner intensity of secrecy and avoidance"; by the end of the novel, however "the taboo of the old life" had been destroyed, and Roger is described as carrying "death in his hands" Jacks' affects on the boys is not only confined to the insides, but to their outsides as well. After Jack "planned his new face" his choir-boys felt encouraged to follow his lead: by the end of the novel, the boy's appearance is akin to the beasts of the forests. This decent into savagery, promoted by Jack, states the magnitude of the boy's actions: not only to they commit atrocious acts, but they have transformed evil into a ritual and integrated such character-traits into their personality. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jack revered violence, blood and power but the tools he used to inflict pain on others are meek; the naval officer on the other hand posses "a revolver", a weapon with a superior level of authority. This is perhaps why Jack "stood still": he was in total awe of this supercilious level of power, and felt belittled and insignificant. The patronising presentation of the officer only accentuates the intrinsic, incorrigible evil within Jack; but it is Golding's ultimate presentation of Jack that signifies his greatest concerns: "man-kinds essential illness" inflicts every-one of us - this is implied as Golding concludes his book with the theme: "the darkness of man's heart". Throughout the novel, Golding increases the stark-presentation of evil; he uses Jack, only to promote the obnoxious behaviour on the island. When we place Jack's wage for power in historical context, we can conclude the following: power corrupts; absolute power absolutely corrupts. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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