Jack in Lord of The Flies by William Golding
The title says it all, 'Lord of the Flies' in Hebrew is Satan. The
evil, the evil within us all. As we can deduct from this tital the
book with have darker elements to the narrative. This book about boys
trapped on an island is named after evil incarnate.
Once you start to read the book the title makes no sense, over the
first few pages you notice no sinister hidden meanings and evil
behaviour on any of the boys part. Yet as you turn the pages a picture
is created for you, one of savage behaviour and brutal consequences.
This book explores authority and mankind's urges to resort to savagery
when there is lack of it. This essay will explore the question,
"Is Jack evil when he arrives at the island, or does he become evil?"
Jack is a major character of the book, he starts off as a traditional
authoritarian figure leading his choirboys along the beach in their
"The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in
two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing."
"The boy who controlled them was dressed in the same way though his
cap was golden"
From the start Jack wields power over people, we have to take this
into account when you look at his behaviour later in the book, at the
start he is a leader, and Ralph takes this leadership away from him,
he offers him a token of friendship 'The Hunters'. This proves to be
one of Ralph's greatest mistakes, once Jack controls his choir as a
band of hunters he has absolute power and soon turns them against
"I ought to be chief, said Jack with a simple arrogance, "Because I'm
a chapel chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp"
"Well then, said Jack "I-"
His desire to be Chief was clearly evident in his first appearance.
When the idea of having a Chief was mentioned Jack spoke out
immediately. He led his choir by administering nmdif discipline
resulting in forced obedience from the cloaked boys. His moment of
triumph Jack is just about to assert his authority when the good
natured ralph bumbles in. This moment is the first clash of power. The
book in its self is one titanic power struggle. His ill nature was
well expressed through his impoliteness of saying,
"Shut up, Fatty."
However, despite his unpleasant personality, his lack of courage and
his conscience prevented him from killing the first pig they
"They knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the
knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the
Even at the meetings, Jack was able to contain himself under the
leadership of Ralph. He had even suggested the implementation of rules
to regulate themselves.
This was a Jack who was proud to be British, and who was shaped and