Jack as Symbol of Anarchy and Savagery in Lord of the Flies

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Jack as Symbol of Anarchy and Savagery in Lord of the Flies 

 

 Golding's motives for choosing the island setting for the novel, Lord of the Flies was to have the characters isolated, where the laws of their governments could not reach them.  The boys on the island represented a microcosm of world society.    Golding chose children because they have not yet been fully conditioned by society to understand right from wrong, and thus are guided by their instinct and what is inherent within them.  Golding uses a great deal of symbolism throughout the novel.  Different characters provide different symbols.  Jack is a symbol of savagery and anarchy.  Golding relates the inherent evil
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Jack has undergone a metamorphosis from a civilized human to a savage boy.  The fire set by Jack to burn Ralph out was meant for evil but ended with a rescue. 

 

 In the beginning of the story Jack, still conditioned by society,  could not bear to kill a pig that was caught in the brush.  As the plot progresses he becomes less and less attached to any societal norms.  Near the end, he feels no shame about the deaths of Simon and Piggy, or his attempt to kill Ralph. In Lord of the Flies Golding shows the reader that there is a certain capacity for evil that resides in man.  Jack displayed this clearly.  Jack proved that without society's rigid rules, anarchy and savagery would manifest. 

 

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