Lord Of The Flies: Jack And Roger Essay

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Lord of The Flies: Jack and Roger

Jack and Roger are two allegorical characters in the story: "Lord of the
Flies" by William Golding. They are both characterized as killers but they are very different from one another. The two young boys start off with the same intentions but as the story progresses we begin to see the differences in their personalities. While Jack's power hunger grows, Roger's sadistic nature also grows as well.

     The character of Jack is an obvious id, he is a power hungry ruthless killer that would do anything for power. Jack is not always a killer, the events on the island lead up to his behavior. For example, when Ralph, Simon and Jack are in the forest and they see the pig
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If it were not for the rescue of the boys, Jack's power-hunger and bloodlust would have eventually gotten them all killed.

     The character of Roger is also an id but he is a satanic killer. Unlike
Jack Roger's bloodlust can never be satisfied. He is a brutal killer and a perfect example of this is when he kills Piggy with the giant rock. Roger also has a mind of his own, he is a free spirit that does not follow orders. For example, Jack never ordered him to drop the rock on Piggy, it was purely Roger that did it on his own free will. He is a sick and twisted individual, another example of this is the way he brutally kills the mother pig. He would also show no hesitation to take a human life, not only does he kill Piggy but he also sharpens a stick at both ends for Ralph so he was obviously going to do to him what he did to the mother pig. Roger is just a worse version of Jack and like
Jack too control of Ralph's power he would have taken control of Jack's power with an even more sadistic culture then the one that Jack has created.

     Jack and Roger are both killers, one more ruthless and power-hungry then the other. Ralph lost his power to a person more sadistic, what is to say that
Jack will not lose his power to Roger? and who would have been next after Roger?
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