Lord of the Flies: Compare and Contrast Ralph and Jack Essay

1239 Words Aug 22nd, 2012 5 Pages
Lord of the Flies has many meanings to it that are represented through the characters and their feelings. When comparing the characters in the Lord of The Flies, you can see the obvious change in most of them from the beginning of the book to the end. The two main characters are Ralph, the protagonist and Jack, the antagonist. Ralph and Jack both have different qualities and beliefs that define each of them completely and at times make them both alike in many ways. They both represent what we are and what they were, Civilized and Savage.
Ralph and Jack begin the novel with similar beliefs, both wanting to implement rules. “I agree with Ralph. We’ve got to have rules and obey them.” But then the wanting of power from Jack comes to- Ralph
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He assigns Samneric the job of keeping the fire alive, which to Ralph is the most important one, Jack and the choir as the hunters, and piggy as a care-taker of the littluns. Ralph is a representation of civilization and innocence. He believes that civilization is the only way to keep everyone safe.
Ralph concentrates on being rescued and Jack goes along taking on the responsibility that he and his choir will mind the fire. “We’ll be responsible for keeping the fire going-”, (Page 38) but while Ralph remains focused on being rescued, Jack’s new-found interest in hunting leads him to forget about rescue. “Jack had to think for a moment before he could remember what rescue was. “Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I’d like to catch a pig first-.” (Page 58) This also starts to show that Jack has entered the realm of savagery.
Jack is a character that is very influential. Jack represents savagery and evil in the book, by the way his civilization is canceled out by the bloodlust. Jack starts as a potential leader in the book by keeping the hunters organized. He seemed to support the fire when he said the following, “We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.” (Page 38) One day when Sam and Eric were guarding the fire Jack asked them to
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