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To What Extent Was It Jacks Fault That The Children Lost Their Innocence?

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To What Extent Was It Jacks Fault That The Children Lost Their Innocence? Introduction In this essay I am going to discuss what role Jack had on the island. The story was set soon after the 2nd World War and many people were fearful of a 'Nuclear War', which is the background of the story, 'The Lord of the Flies'. The author of the story, William Golding, himself states that the children loose their innocence on the island however does not say whose fault it was. In the main body of this essay I will review Jack and his attitudes and behaviour regarding others on the island. The story itself reflects on society which is shown as the image of the conch. The island itself is described as paradise but starts getting ruined by the children which reflects on issues such as the green house effect, world pollution and the destroying of our planet. ...read more.

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Jack's character is very aggressive towards others on the island 'shut up fatty' and 'He looked round at them fiercely, daring them to contradict' to the point which the author shows him as 'his eyes staring in madness' showing he is so obsessive and determined that he was going mad. Although Jack's intentions were corrupt he was revealed by the author as an ambitious person 'Jacks voice went on, tremulous yet determined, pushing against the uncooperative silence' Jack is one of the only independent characters in the story and is not afraid to express his opinion 'he's like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn't a proper chief'. I feel out of Jack and Ralph, Jack gains more power and support than Ralph because he used Ralph's weakness' against him 'he's not a hunter. He'd never have got us meat. He isn't a prefect and we don't know anything about him'. ...read more.

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Jack uses anything in his power to get what he wants 'a knee jerked up between his legs and he fell sideways' demonstrating his power and rebellious ways in a fight at night with Ralph. Jack carried out many malicious acts on the island but seemed to be proud of every one of them even once he executed Piggy 'see? See? That's what you'll get! I meant that! And Jack was clearly responsible for the breakdown of society after he 'smashed the conch into a thousand pieces' Conclusion From the above statement and evidence I conclude that Jack had a large part of the blame for the children losing their innocence. I believe this because it was Jack who broke the main tribe up and caused the break down of society on the island because of his savage behaviour like the murders of Simon and Piggy, causing many of the children to lose their innocence! ...read more.

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