Jack is trying to help but he somehow makes a mess of what he is doing as shown here, “A fire! Make a fire! At once half the boys were on their feet, Jack clamored among them, the conch forgotten. Come on! Follow me! The space under the palm trees was full of noise and movement. Ralph was on his feet too, shouting for quiet, but none heard him. All at once the crowd swayed toward the island and was gone-following Jack.”(Golding, 17) Whenever Jack feels like he has something to do, he gets too anxious and tries to complete it without giving it a full thought while Ralph on the other hand is always giving it another thought so what they do won’t kill any of them. Jack acts very childish in this quote which makes full sense of why he was not leader and Ralph is. Jack shows very childish behavior which does not make him a good leader for society in this quote, "I ought to be chief," said Jack with simple arrogance, "because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp." (Golding, 16) Jack shows arrogance while trying to be chief which shows that Jack can easily ruin the society with quick and easy remarks that are not thought through. Jack is proving that he is not worthy of becoming a leader to the tribe. As shown by the quotes, Jack is going to ruin society with his arrogance and Ralph is just going to make things more civilized so they can keep civilization inside of them instead of
Jack is only interested in power, he acts like a dictator and doesn’t follow the communities thoughts. Some actions that Jack takes that shows this are "I got the conch," said Piggy indignantly. “You let me speak!” “The conch doesn’t count on top of the mountain," said Jack, “So you shut up.” This shows how Jack acts like dictator because he doesn’t listen to what the people say. “He's not a hunter. He'd never have got us meat. He isn't a perfect and we don't know anything about him. He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing. All this talk-.” This shows how Jack is power hungry and will basically do anything to get it, he is trying to make Ralph look like a bad chief in order for him to try to take the power away from him and get it for himself. “We’ll raid them and take fire. There must be four of you; Henry and you, Robert and Maurice. We'll put on paint and sneak up.” This shows how Jack uses his power to make his tribe members listen to his orders and steal the members of the other tribes. Jack is only interested in power and wants the power for his own
Jack shows pride by electing himself to be chief so he can be in charge. “‘I ought to be chief,’ said Jack with simple arrogance, ‘because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.’” This quote exemplifies how Jack volunteered himself to be in charge. Jack wanted to be above everybody, so he tried to convince everyone to let him be chief. He wanted to have power and authority. “We’ll hunt. I’m going to be chief.” This is yet another quote that shows how Jack was stubborn about how he believed he deserved to be chief. He did not bother to ask the others about their opinion on who should be in charge. Instead he just appointed himself. “His tone conveyed a warning, given out of the pride of ownership, and the boys ate fast while there was still time.” This quote shows how Jack was obsessed with the power of being chief. Jack scared the other boys into respecting him as a leader. Jack shows pride in these quotes, because he shows that he believes he should be chief, because he is superior to everybody. All of the other boys chose Ralph as their leader, so Jack creates conflict by challenging Ralph as chief. Jack trying to usurp Ralph as chief shows how he was putting his needs before those of the entire group. Jack was too prideful to allow Ralph to be in charge, and constantly challenged him as a leader. This conflict gets in the way of the boys being able to work together to try to survive and get rescued.
Even though Jack demonstrated his leadership qualities when proposing a rescue plan to the ‘tribe’, and by accepting Ralph’s election to lead the group, something he wanted for himself, he eventually turns into a savage through killing a pig. This incident gives him a sense of power realizing that he can act with impunity without consequences. Wanting to hunt and kill pigs turned into a priority, eliminating the need to be
In our society we have our system for power set up making the understanding of who is in charge easy; However, when the boys are stranded on an island they are forced to come up with their own system, causing rivalries and corrupting rights and values. Before being stranded on an island Jack was an innocent, well-behaved child, however, when thrown into a foreign place with no society and no system of power it is very easy to destroy all of your innocence when obtaining most power. Jack was a hunter and was in charge of all the hunter, he eventually made his own tribe and almost everyone followed him, giving him a mass amount of control. Golding shows that Jack uses his power in ways only beneficial to him, easily seen when the remainder of Ralphs tribe approach Jacks and see him, “ painted up and wearing garland around his neck” (54). Jack uses his power to idolize himself and make the other
Document E tells us that Jack is ambitious because he says that he should be leader because he is the most qualified. Document C tells us that Ralph disagrees with Jack and he stands for democracy. Jack is very assertive and that makes his followers (the hunters) side with him all the time. His ferocity and braveness makes many others join the new clan that he makes. Ralph sees a decline in popularity and is left with Piggy (the only other person that wants democracy). Like in the Lord of the Flies, Hitler had to fight against opposition. He lost the election to be president, but he still persevered and in the end was elected chancellor. This has also happened in Russia where Stalin and Trotsky gets into a power struggle. Eventually, Trotsky is beaten and Stalin gets into power just like how Jack gets into
If you remember earlier in the book, Jack was told by Ralph to keep the signal fire burning.But instead of thinking of the whole group like a good chief would, He only thought about himself and what he wanted to do. “Jack checked, vaguely irritated by this irrelevance but too happy to let it worry him.” (Golding 69). This quote helps show that Jack is not a good leader. He cares more about what he wants than what the whole group wants making him the most irresponsible character in the book. With Ralph actually being the most responsible character in the book ,He is definitely the rightful chief but as we later learn, the right chief doesn't always get picked. Another example of Jack not being responsible as a leader was when the circle chant took place. “All at once, Robert was screaming and struggling with the strength of frenzy. Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife. Behind him was Roger, fighting to get close. The chant rose ritually, as at the last moment of a dance or a hunt.”(Golding 114). This quote explains that if Jack were a proper leader he would not have let poor Robert almost get killed. Jack didn't even try to stop the feeding frenzy that was the hunters. In conclusion, with Jack's new power He does not take responsibility and is not a proper leader and is a great danger to many of the young people on the
The Lord of the Flies is a gruesome story about young boys stranded on an island, who underwent a transformation from polite British choir boys to savage hooligans. One of the main difficulties the boys face during their adventures upon the island, is their method of government, they either follow the path of Ralph, the democratic leader whose main focus is to escape the despairing island; or Jack a power-hungry monarchical leader who won't ever take no for an answer. The two boys are constantly bickering and arguing over who deserves the leader-position. We all understand Ralph wants to be leader so that he can ensure that the boys will return back home, but in Jack's case, it is a constant mystery to us about why he
Jack was a very power hungry young boy. Although he doesn't have any power at the beginning of the novel, he took every opportunity to take the position of chief and was eventually successful. Jack's dictatorial style of leadership contrasted very directly with the more democratic and passive style of Ralph. Jack ruled with an iron fist, allowing no one to question him or his leadership. Jack represented the wanting for a single, all-powerful leader to guide the followers of society using any means he feels necessary.
In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, we can see that Jack faces his own personal battle between himself and his want for power. Jack’s desire for dominance led him to commit evil acts for his own personal gain, than the greater good for all boys on the island. Jack claimed that he was fit for the role of leadership several times during the early chapters of the book. Golding stated that it was between Ralph and Jack who would lead and that Jack believed he should be chosen saying, “ ‘I ought to be chief,’ said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter and head boy. I can sing a C charp.” (22). This is where Jack lists all the reasons that he is the best selection of a chief over Ralph, he wanted to persuade the rest of the boys for their vote. Towards, the end of the book we see Jack try to reclaim the already lost authority from Ralph. Jack induces the boys by saying, “ ‘I gave you food’ said Jack, ‘and my hunters will protect you from the beast. Who will join my tribe?” (150) Jack tries to make all the other boys, besides the hunters who already sided with him, to join his new tribe. This attempt for power with going against Ralph, clearly the most knowledgeable leader, displays how Jack only cares to satisfy his coveting of power.
Jack wants to be the leader which shows that he is controlling. He wants to be treated respectfully. He wants all the others to call him by his last name, Merridew, but becomes rude and mean when they call him Jack.
Throughout the book Jack has had good intentions and he tries to be a good leader, but his morals change which makes readers question his capabilities a good chief should
Jack has a very rude and aggressive personality. Jack is also more controlling and only likes things to be done his way. Jack shows this side or his personality when he leaves the group because he does not like and agree with the way Jack was running the group(93). The way that Jack runs his small group turns into more of a dictatorship. He becomes very controlling of his group. Unlike Jack, Ralph runs his group by being more communicative. Ralph’s personality shows to be more kind and understanding than Jack’s. Ralph is more for listening to what others want. He shows this near the beginning of the book during voting when he offers Jack as being a leader as well because that is what Jack’s group wanted(23). This action shows how he is more open to ideas from all the boys and tries to do a little of what everyone wants.
Once these boys join Jack’s tribe, they are forced to follow his orders, committing heinous atrocities against their former friends in a desperate attempt to avoid the physical punishment Jack inflicts on those who disobey him. Jack rules his subjects through fear and intimidation, and yet lures them in by playing on hidden desires unbeknownst to them. Jack is often shown acting cruel and menacing towards the other boys, however is he also shown as being self-conscious and a bit insecure: “Boys are desperate to distract from their own helplessness and do so by projecting their fear of subjection onto an even weaker