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What are the Differences between what Jack and Ralph stand for and in how they behave in Lord of the Flies.

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C.Jeary 10C 18/10/2001 Mrs. Slater-Walker What are the Differences between what Jack and Ralph stand for and in how they behave in Lord of the Flies. Although the reader's sympathies tend to side with Ralph in his frustratingly awkward situation, in the novel of 'Lord of the Flies' written by William Golding in 1954, many of the stranded boys eventually decide to side with and follow Jack. At the start of the novel, the characters of 'Jack' and 'Ralph' seem to be pretty similar, but as the novel progresses, the two become very different, mainly due to Jacks character alternating into an extremely aggressive and manipulative person. Through his personality skills he eventually gets his way and becomes the most important person on the island. This essay will describe the progression of changes in Jack and will explain what each of the boy's stand for and how they behave in the novel between chapters one to seven. At the start of the novel, shortly after the boys gather on the beach after crash landing, even though 'the most obvious leader was Jack' and 'what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy,' Ralph was democratically elected (democratically was asked for by Ralph, showing his fairness and respect to others) ...read more.


Also Ralph is annoyed with Jack spending his whole time hunting, he says with a 'certain passion in his voice' (suggesting anger), 'Well, we haven't got any yet. And we want shelters' showing his anger with Jack. 'The madness came into his eyes again,' Jack has completely lost his mind to hunting. So in this chapter the two boys really start to fall apart. In chapter four Roger helps Jack use some of the natural materials to paint a face onto Jack. Jack uses very striking colours in a design that made him, 'no longer himself but an awesome stranger'. He puts a long striking line of charcoal across his face. In this chapter there is another major confrontation between Jack and Ralph. In the distance on the horizon Ralph catches sight of a ship and looks behind to see that there was no smoke signal coming from the mountain. Jack had betrayed his promise and given up hunting to get rescues for hunting to fill his craving. Ralph repeatedly says, 'you let the fire out.' Showing his disbelief and anger with Jack's betrayal. However Jack doesn't seem to care as he had finally managed to kill a pig and become a real hunter. ...read more.


'Jack led the way down the rock and across the bridge,' Jack leads the way instead of Ralph who should. In chapter seven the group of boys hunting the beastie come across a dead parachutist from the crash, due to the darkness the boys don't realise it isn't a beast except for Simon. In this chapter Jack leads the idea of practicing hunting skills by hunting a littl'un. 'Ralph entered the play and everybody laughed,' it seemed harmless to everyone but deep down Jack was using this play to suppress his craving. Jack shouts, 'Make a ring!' Showing he is thinking this to be a real hunt. Then the boys start chanting, 'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!' Showing what an influence Jack has had on the group. From the summaries of chapters one to seven we can see that as Ralph starts off as leader, Jack changes his attitude and eventually manipulates the situations he encounters and the people around him to make him gain supreme power over the other on the island. Overall in the book Ralph stood for Good, Democracy, Civilisation and Rescue. However Jack stood for Evil, Hunting, and Fun with rescue as a bonus. We can see that Jack eventually gains the upper hand in the novel by chapter seven, with Ralph becoming very lonely and insignificant. ...read more.

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