Jack's Power in Lord of the Flies
At the beginning we see Jack as a well-dressed choir leader, " each
boy wore a square black cap with a silver badge in it." suggesting
that he is civilised. We see also from this first point that he is
introduced, that he has a slightly mean streak in him as he gives 'an
order' to the other choir boys to "stand still", even though the heat
is far too much for them. They are in fear of him as they obey his
order. The boys also did as Jack said when they "raised their hands"
"with dreary obedience" to vote him for chief.
This mean streak also occurs when he is constantly dismissing Piggy
and telling him to "shut up".
When Ralph brings in rules about the conch and shelters Jack becomes
defiant and would much rather be exploring or hunting. Ralph and Jack
have some confrontation about the shelters and also about the rule
with the conch as "Jack broke out of his gyration and stood facing
Ralph". Jack thinks that the conch rule is a silly rule and when Ralph
tells Jack that he is breaking the rules he simply replies with "who
cares?" or "sod you!"
Jack is also unsympathetic towards the littluns' and refers to them as
a "useless lot of cry-babies".
Jack becomes fearless and some of the other boys respect him as a good
hunter because he has "been everywhere". The other boys also think
that he is more fun because he just hunts and doesn't care about all
the rules. The first instance when we see Jack becoming savage is when
he paints his face as a disguise "like moths on a tree trunk" and
starts wearing few clothes unlike the boy with the " square black cap"
that we were introduced to at the start. When Jack becomes disguised
he intrigues the other boys because he starts leaping around and
laughing excitedly he felt "liberated from shame and
self-consciousness". Jack becomes almost animal like with his movement
too we see him "bent double" with a "bare back" and "flared nostrils"
which isn't a human-like description at all. The chapter 'Huts on the
beach' is when we start to see a small division between the group.
Many of the boys want to have fun and see Jack's hunting as the fun
they wanted, "this'll be a real...