"'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages.' Discuss Jack's statement in Chapter Two in the light of the events of Chapters One to Five of 'Lord of the Flies.'"

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“‘We’ve got to have rules and obey them.  After all we’re not savages.’  Discuss Jack’s statement in Chapter Two in the light of the events of Chapters One to Five of ‘Lord of the Flies.’”

Lord of the Flies follows a story of a plane crashing on an uninhabited island.  We are not told the exact reason for this, but it is assumed that the crash was a result of events associated with a war such as the ‘Cold War’ or the ‘Korean War’ in the 1950s, when the novel was written.  “Didn’t you hear what the pilot said?  About the atom bomb?  They’re all dead?”  This suggests that there could have been a nuclear war around the world and the passengers were evacuated from their “Home Counties” in England.  The survivors of the crash are a group of young boys marooned on the island, however we know little about them prior to the crash.

Piggy and Ralph are the boys who are first introduced in the novel and we then see the other boys emerging together from echo of the conch.  It is now we learn about the main characters of the novel.  Jack is first seen as a strong-willed and enthusiastic boy who shows leadership and authority over his group “Choir!  Stand still!” Ralph immediately recognises that Jack has “the voice of one who knew his own mind.”  

Earlier on, Jack retains the sense of moral propriety and behaviour that was instilled in him by society, by being leader of the choirboys.  With his sense of moral behaviour, he agrees with Ralph that they should “have rules and obey them” and not become savages.  This is a contrast of Jack’s behaviour as later on in the novel, he completely opposes the statement.  

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Although Jack is the leader, he is only familiar with the task of leadership, not being automatically skilled at it.  This is seen from the beginning of the novel, when Jack desires power above all other things; he is furious when he loses the election to Ralph.

The title shows a clear contrast of the events that happen in the duration of the novel.  The first sentence represents order and democracy whereas the second sentence represents savagery and death.  Even though Jack seems to be civilised at the beginning, he is falling to a steady decline to violence ...

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