Shortly after Jack’s rebellion and the forming of a new tribe, his violence transitions from insults to murder. Instantly, After the death and murder of Piggy and the destruction of the conch, Jack tells Ralph, “there isn’t a tribe for [him] any more” and proceeds to claim that “[he’s] chief”. Jack’s reaction to another individual's deaths shows the evil that resides within him as he no longer cares about human life, only power. He wanted to break the conch, because that’s what inforced the rules and was like magnet pulling the boys to Ralph’s tribe. Jack would do anything to get rid of it, even at the life of another. Piggy’s death signified the things Jack
When Jack was first asked to kill the pig he hesitated. He said, “ ‘I was waiting for a moment to decide where to stab him’ ” (Golding 31). Although it is not directly stated why Jack didn’t kill the first pig, it is assumed that it is because he is a child and this is his first time killing. This is the only time Jack struggles to kill as it starts to consume him from not only killing just animals but people too. An external conflict is Jack wants to be chief, which causes a tension between him and Ralph. When it was first decided that the boys needed a chief Jack said, “ ‘A Chief! A Chief! I ought to be Chief!’ ” (Golding 22). This was the first time Jack showed any interest in becoming a leader which grew stronger the longer they where on the island. He lets becoming chief consume him and he begins to loose sight of who he
Jack got embarrassed when Ralph and Simon made fun of him so he is trying to find a way to redeem himself. Jack was trying to hunt for a pig to show Ralph and Simon that he isn’t afraid of killing pigs, but that didn’t work out since the pig escaped. This made Jack upset since he was unable to show Ralph that he can kill a pig. He had nothing to show Ralph and Simon that he was capable of being a hunter. He is now frustrated and won’t be satisfied until he can kill a pig to show Ralph and Simon.
The physical appearance of Jack also changes greatly within the novel. Golding portrays Jack’s fixation with hunting to cause this. At the beginning of the novel, his image is described as like the other choirboys, wearing shorts, a shirt and a black cloak, “finished off with a hambone frill”. However, we see that in Chapter three, his physical characteristics have now changed from a choirboy to a hunter. This is shown where it says, “His bare back was a mass of dark freckles and peeling sunburn…he was naked.". His image also becomes
Jack’s bloodlust for hunting contributes to his savage state of mind. The first time the boys went on a hunt in the story Jack pulled back his arm with one swift motion as his knife raised ready to kill a pig. As his arm was raised, Jack took a long pause, the “pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be” (Golding 31). Jack knew that the act of killing would be counted as wrong, or bad, or even evil in his “normal” society. Knowing that Jack took a pause shows how the boys saw through society’s eyes for the last time. Jack had a breakthrough, he lost all societal bonds after being in this moment of hesitation. The next time the boys go hunting there is no hesitation. Jacks next prey was a innocent carefree sow. Jack leads the hunters inch by inch closer to the sow before commanding the start of the kill
To begin with Jack, Jack wants power and leadership. The situation Jack is in makes his evil grow. Jack is letting the situation control him which is increasing the evil inside of him. The evil inside him is making him more selfish and violent. For example, at the starting of the novel when Jack had failed to kill the pig he cries to Ralph, “[Jack] tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up. ‘I went on. I thought, by myself-’ The madness came into his eyes again. ‘I thought I might kill.” (Golding 51). The quote shows how at the starting of the novel Jack had good inside of him as he had feared killing an animal which makes sense as he is a kid. This shows that Jack was not evil from the beginning. But the situation and atmosphere increase the evil inside of him when he says, “I thought I might kill” this shows how the
Jack’s characteristics of violence and aggression were showed in the book when he loved to “watch the blood pour out” of the pig (W. Golding 89). Watching an animal die, and enjoying it, as a psychopath would. People don’t enjoy death or injury and the fact that Jack watched in enjoyment is unusual. Young children such as Jack are scared of blood and Jack is happy to be seeing such gory things. Jack’s tendencies and enjoyment reflect on his psychotic ways. Jack has unusual thoughts especially for such a young boy. Jack gets overly excited that they “will have rules” (32) so excited that he shrieked. Normally young boys don’t enjoy rules and tend to break them. So it is unexpected that Jack would be “excited” about such rules and he will be providing strong commands and following distinct rules. Following rules would seem like a drag, but the fact Jack finds this exciting is
In this moment, Jack’s inability to kill the pig due to hesitation allowed it to escape from the creepers into the undergrowth. Jack claims he “was choosing a place… I was just waiting for a moment to decide where to stab him,” but in reality, he was anxious to kill the pig because he had never been put in a situation to kill for survival as he was just a boy (31). As a child, Jack would not be expected to kill living things like this. The reader can tell he was scared because his face was described as “white under his freckles” (31). If he had killed the pig then the blood from the pig would be unbearable for him. This is significant because Jack did not want to be embarrassed, and he wanted everyone to know that he was a hunter. This is what made Jack determined to kill a pig as he said that “next time there would be no mercy” (31). Later in the story, this moment can be seen as foreshadowing for Jack’s focus on hunting only. This would be considered a good change for Jack because he is focused on protecting everyone on the island and getting food for them, but this would also be considered a bad change for Jack because later in the story he would turn into a psychopath and a violent murderer. To conclude, Jack’s inability to kill the pig marks beginning of his transformation of him being a violent murderer as seen in later chapters of the novel.
It can be argued that Golding’s use of characterization solidifies his theory that all men have the capacity for evil due to their innate human nature. Golding depicts the two main alpha male characters of Jack and Ralph as primary examples of this theme. As the story unfolds, Golding reveals Jack to be selfish, violent, and corrupt as he was driven “to violence, the bolting look came into his blue eyes. He took a step, and able at last to hit someone, stuck his fist into Piggy’s stomach,” (Golding 71). The description of Jack towards the conclusion of the book reveals how deceitful and antagonistic Jack has become. Jack’s monstrous personality devours everyones humanity when he refuses to obey rules, and begins to let his anger out starting with piggy. Ralph accuses Jack of being “a beast and a swine and a bloody thief” (Golding 179)! Ralph’s statement is a concise summation of all that Jack becomes. Furthermore, the fact that Jack has begun to become more tribal in appearance indicates his reversion into a more primal being. Finally, as depicted midway through the story, Jack reveals his true sadistic nature as he was “on top of the sow stabbing downward with his knife....Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands,” (Golding 135). All of these intensely descriptive characterizations of Jack committing violence as a beast and becoming a thief portray his evil nature. This proves Goldings point that all humans can succumb
They attack and kill the mother sow, while the baby pigs run away. The head is removed from the pig’s body and put on a stick, which is placed into the ground as a treat for the Beast. Jack discovers that they ill need fire in order to cook the meat, so they run onto Ralph's camp and take a blazing piece of wood, and then open then invite them to a feast. Ralph keeping the fire lit is more important, but has to be reminded why by Piggy. “You’re talking too much... Shut up, fatty” (Golding 20). By Jack killing the mother pig, he shows his great lack of impulsiveness, because by killing the mother, they were losing all the other pigs that would've been a future source of food. “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in” (Gregor and kinkead.Wecks 262). Jack is has evolved from the mature choirboy that demonstrated a great deal of leadership, to a savage adolescent that acts like an
In the beginning, Jack is not cruel.. From the start, Jack has a sense of innocence until killing of their first pig. However, as the story carries on, this changes. Jack and his choir were obsessed with hunting and slaughtering a pig because of the power and bloodlust they are given from killing another animate object. While killing their first pig, the boys chant, ““Kill the pig! Cut its throat! Spill her blood!”. These words, started by Jack, are cruel because they could have killed the pig
First of all, when Jack was around the age of 10, and moved to his new house across town, he was being constantly bullied by another kid in the same neighborhood after Laohu, the tiger, broke one of the kid’s toys. He was obviously upset one day at dinner as the kid, Mark, had been popular at school and was constantly bullying him.Consequently, he decided to lash out at his mother, whom he blamed for his