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Weve got to have rules and obey them. After all were not savages, Discuss Jacks statement in Chapter 2 in the light of the events of Chapter 1 to 5 of Lord of the Flies.

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Introduction

We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages, Discuss Jack's statement in Chapter 2 in the light of the events of Chapter 1 to 5 of "Lord of the Flies." Lord of the flies by William Golding tells us about a group of English school boys, maybe the only survivors of a plane crash, who are stranded on an unknown isolated island. The boys slowly form a group , as the only ones on the island, they decide to elect a leader and perform basic skills in order to survive. Slowly, they lose their former selves, as educated human beings and change in attitude and personality. Jack, one key person in the group, makes the most obvious changes in character and personality in terms of language, attitude and appearance etc. He changes through hunting and not being positive that one day, the boys will get to go home. Arguments and conflicts arise about their lifestyle and duties within the group. Jack, one of the main characters of this story is a dominant and regnant figure. His choir makes their entrance in Chapter One, responding to the sound of the conch. "A party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines..." (19). Jack is in control of the entire choir, we can see that he controls the others and makes sure that no matter what argument, he is heard and is able to convey his message to others in the group: " He shouted an order and they halted, gasping, sweating, swaying in the fierce light" (15) ...read more.

Middle

" His Specs- ,use them as burning glasses" (40). He dislikes Piggy as we can see from how he simply snatches Piggy's glasses away from him. He also says at one point, " The conch doesn't count on the top of the mountain, so you shut up." (42) Jack always finds trouble for Piggy, we can also see that Jack will go all the way as to breaking the rules just to make sure Piggy suffers and is unwelcome. Jack doesn't care about the rules, he can choose to not follow them whenever he feels like to, Jacks character deteriorates rapidly, picking on Piggy and treating him worse and worse as the chapter goes on. Jack doesn't like Piggy because of his glasses and his appearance, Piggy is an easy target to pick on. The beast is another problem for the group other than the setting and carrying out of rules. It has an impact also on Jack's character change. No one completely disagrees with the Littlun's idea that there might be a beast on this island, however, Jack clearly states that the beast will not be a threat, he feels that he has the power to hunt the beast down if there really is one. This shows his immature side as a leading figure, thinking that because of the one successful conquest on killing an animal, he would be able to do the same to the beast that's haunting most of the littluns. ...read more.

Conclusion

The other hunters also look more and more wild and braver than they were before. Their personalities change in order to adapt to their new living environment. Having to be able to hunt and care for themselves, they have a lot to deal with all the life changing events happening around them. The boys want to feel better about themselves and not feel guilty that their attitudes towards others are changing. In conclusion, this story tells us the changes in the lives of the English school boys, the boys' "transformation" in terms of behavior, language and attitude from an ordinary English school boy, civilized and influenced by the English culture for a number of years into savagery. Jack appears to be a model student, head boy, leader of the choir, but changes into another person, no longer being able to control himself in, a short period of time. He is rude to Ralph and the others and does not obey the rules set up. His " bad" character goes downhill, being mean to the others and unable to admit his own mistakes. This reflects on how a person, no matter how civilized, how well brought up, how well educated, can lose themselves when challenged by a different location and time. If we don't constantly remind ourselves of our obligations as a human, our personal identities and what is right and what is wrong, we will end up losing ourselves, no longer knowing who we are and fall back in the human transformation cycle. ...read more.

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