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Character Development Of Jack In Lotf

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In 1954, William Golding wrote his book Lord of The Flies in response to the book, The Coral Island. The story takes place in World War 2, and in the middle of a wartime evacuation of English schoolchildren, the plane crashes on an island of the Pacific ocean. The pilot dies, leaving the only survivors to be middle childhood or preadolescent boys. Two of the survivors, Ralph and Piggy, find a conch which Ralph uses to call the other survivors together. The group elects Ralph as chief, and they work together to survive. However, the group begins to fear a “beast” on the island and Jack, the leader of hunters in the group creates a power struggle with Ralph, the chief using the fear of the ...view middle of the document...

Despite his character changing from bad to good earlier in the book, Jack's character changes for the worst as the story progresses.

Early in the story, Jack is seen as selfish and power hungry character who likes to have control over everything. However, later on, he is shown to have good traits, such as being responsible and obedient to the rules. On page 18, Jack said: “I ought to be chief,”...with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.” This quote shows the arrogance of Jack and his desire to be in charge of everything. It portrays him as an arrogant, selfish and power hungry character,because he thought that he should be leader for no proper reason, indicating that he just wants power. However, the author later portrays Jack in a positive way when he says on page 32, “We’ll have rules!” he cried excitedly. “Lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks ’em”. This shows that Jack is a very civilized person and he is obedient to the rules. Due to his obedience to the rules, Jack will obey Ralph’s decision as chief, even though he wanted to be chief. It shows that Jack is not as selfish as the previous quote had described him as, creating a good change in his character development in the early chapters of the book. On page 33, Jack says “There’s pigs,” he said. “There’s food; and bathing water in that little stream along there–and everything. Didn’t anyone find anything else?”, demonstrating that Jack is a responsible person, as he was able to find a source of water and identify pigs to hunt for food, which is important for the survival of the group and gives the group hope about their survival as well. Golding introduces Jack as a character with negative traits but, later Golding shows Jack’s good traits. Although the author begins to develops him as a good character, Jack’s character development began to change for the worst.

As the story progresses and Golding develops his character more, Jack starts to show more bad traits than good, such as disobeying the rules and shows his cruelty to others. This indicates his descent into savagery and evil. On page 73, it says “We can light the fire again. You should have been with us, Ralph. We had a smashing time. The twins got knocked over—”/“We hit the pig—”/“—I fell on top—”/“I cut the pig’s throat,” said Jack, proudly. Although Jack finally brings meat for the tribe, he broke the rules by letting the fire go out and chose to hunt than to be rescued, suggesting that his need to kill and for rescue is stronger than his need to follow the rules and be rescued. Jack is no longer completely obedient to the rules, he is becoming more violent than rational as he preferred to kill a pig than be rescued. Jack is also shown to be mean to others when he says “Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies! But there is no animal—” on page 88. He is no longer kind to the littluns as he was before, and his new mean attitude towards the littluns...

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