By disobeying Ralph’s rules, Jack is trying to weaken the rules. Jack still has an effect on the boys, and his breaking of rules weakens the their will to follow them. In a later meeting, Jack claims that Ralph “isn’t a proper chief” and that “[he’s] going off by [himself].” Jack’s departure weakens Ralph’s tribe, since the choir has been with Jack before the crash on the island, and showed loyalty to him on the island. This results in a majority of the boys abandon Ralph for Jack. Some of the non-choir boys go off with Jack’s tribe, because of the beast they want protection from. They believe his hunters will supply that. Jack is no longer under control, but is now in control. Jack’s department of the tribe, and weakening of the boy’s opinion on Ralph leads to his desire for power being satisfied.
Jack respects Ralph as a leader and another alpha, however deems himself the higher qualified to lead the group; bringing forth a vote for a chief. However, the choir boy followers weren’t strong enough in numbers to counter the seemingly endless supply of little kids that voted for Ralph. After this unexpected result, Jack develops an instant grudge towards his only competition for power. Ralph begins to form a democratic society solely focused on rescue; yet jack has other plans in agenda. Under Ralph’s seemingly boring command, Jack develops other outputs for his primal necessity of dominance. Jack begins focusing on the task of hunting animals and finding weaker beings to prey on. Jack even blatantly leaves the rescue fire to chase after a pig; had he not have done so, the group could have possibly been rescued by the boat passing by during the fire’s absence. Once Jack finally has enough of going in circles with Ralph, he makes the decision to shake off Ralph’s influence and create his own niche. Within Jack’s tribe, lifestyle is greatly different to that of one designed by Ralph. Jack and his followers seemingly devolve into primal beings, as Jack gets his fill of power. Control over others was all that Jack longed for, with a crazed and burning
As Jack’s capricious behavior becomes violent, his speech seems to turn into a tirade, threatening the boys as oppose to warning them. "Suddenly Jack bounded out from the tribe and began screaming wildly.'See? See? That's what you'll get! I meant that! There isn't a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone--' He ran forward, stooping.'I'm chief!'” He is willing to inflict physical harm onto others to secure his position on top. By creating ostentatious displays, Jack made sure all of the boys knew that he held the power. He recruits other boys to join his fight to overthrow Ralph, as he is becoming power hungry. The boys side with Jack because they are scared of being killed or ostracized from the group. He ends up killing Piggy, since Piggy did not give in to fear and sided with Ralph. Jack put Piggy’s head on a stick; however, he finally realize how ridiculous and overzealous he looks and how far he is taking the situation when he sees the naval
At the start of the novel, Jack is a decent-natured conformist, a follower of the rules. However, throughout the course of the novel, his manners deteriorate and his disposition changes, implying that a lack of society can have a negative impact on people. Soon after arriving on the island, Ralph calls an assembly to gather the boys. During it, he mentions that they should have basic rules for everyone to follow and Jack chimes in saying, “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 so we’ve got to do the right
In the novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, a group of English boys in their adolescence are stranded on an island. They crash-land while being evacuated because of an atomic war, so the boys must learn to cooperate with each other in order to survive. The boys are civil at first, but the bonds of civilization unfold as the rapacity for power and immediate desires become more important than civility and rescue. The conflict between Ralph, the protagonist, and Jack, the antagonist, represents the conflict between the impulse to civilization and the impulse to savagery, respectively. In Lord of the Flies, Golding uses Ralph and Jack’s struggle for power to show that greed and lust for power can corrupt the best
Jack, in sharp contrast, is an authoritarian leader who uses fear to force others to accept his ideas and to follow his orders. Jack leaders by force and reward. He bullies and bribes people into following him. He was a former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, and arrive to the island having experiment some success in gaining power and control over others by dominating with his militaristic attitude. He is eager to make rules in order to punish those who break them. Jack attempts to dominate the group as a “whole” as opposed to working with Ralph to maximize their chances of surviving. He frequently impugns the power of the conch, declaring that the conch rule is not important on certain parts of the island. The dictator in Jack becomes dominant in his personality and he begins to establish his leadership.
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.
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
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
He was an average boy that was used to having authority as he was the leader of a choir group. Even though Jack always wanted his way, he still had decency and respect for some people especially when he agrees with ralph about having rules at the beginning. “I agree with Ralph. 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. So we’ve got to do the right things” (Golding 42). Jack stated this at the top of the mountain after Ralph said that the meetings will happen wherever the conch is located. This quotation is a prime example of the kind of character Jack was. Jack cared about obeying the rules and agreed with ralph, which is very rare as Jack does not like Ralph or the rules. Jack acts as an arrogant tyrant towards his choir boys as seen when he does not let any of them remove their thick cloaks in the hot sun. Even though Jack is still innocent he acts mean towards Piggy all the time and never lets him speak. This does not show Jack as a savage but does show him as a bully. Bullying is not acceptable in society and would be terminated as soon as an adult would hear about it, but since there are no adults Jack is able to freely bully whom he wants without any consequences. Jack is not the kindest of characters but is still an innocent child at heart. “"I was
Since Jack isn’t being forced into a civil lifestyle. His savage side is coming out. Even though at the beginning of the book he kept saying that they needed rules because they were English. “We’ve got to rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We are English, and the English are best at everything. (42) Jack is contradicting himself since the beginning of the book. He preaches that the English need to be proper, but only halfway through the book has abandoned the rules and a civil society. It can be seen in the earliest chapters Jacks thirst for power. Ralph on the other hand just accepts that he was elected leader. “I ought to be chief, because I’m a chapter chorister and head boy.” “Jack's in charge of the choir what do you want the choir to be.” (28) Jack however accepts his role as hunter in the tribe, but as the book progresses it shows how he makes himself leader. In chapter two jack is using the boys ignorance of their situation to give him power. “A fire make a fire” (38) it's easy to see how eager the boys are to do something. Although Ralph told them to make a fire he didn’t want them to do it immediately. This is blind obedience to orders
Savagery and evil is present in the world in our everyday lives. From young children to the elderly, the same amount of evil is still present amongst them. The young boys in the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding become stranded on an island with no adults. The twelve year old boys must fight for their basic survival on the island. Through their battle, the boys display “mankind’s essential illness.”(golding 96). William Golding refers to this as a weakness in our inner mind that appears with the exclusion of law and order. William golding uses the character’s immense love of torture, mob mentality and possession of power, to demonstrate mankind's essential illness which is the inner state mankind possess and directs to in absence of civilization.
In the novel Lord of the Flies, British schoolboys crash land on a deserted island with no adults. While they are trapped on the island separated from society, the boys attempt to create order but dissolve into savagery. The author, William Golding, conveys his theme of a conflict existing between the human impulse towards savagery and the rules of civilization designed to contain it through symbolism and characters’ behaviors.
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
The variety of savages came closer, with weapons in their hands and beasts in their hearts. Ralph realized evident.