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Lord Of The Flies Essay

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1MesicAmylia MesicMrs. LenikENG 2D113 May 2013Evil Of Mans HeartAll humans have inner evil in them that has the power to come out at anytime but when evil tends to reveal its self, savagery seems to follow. In William Golding Lord of the Flies the main characters of the book, inner evil come out to play when they end up stranded on an uninhabited island. Evil turns to savagery when chaos and traumatic events occur on the island. Jack, Roger and Ralph all result into evil and savagery when crisis occurs on the island, ultimately causing broken friendships, loss of innocence, and death.Jack Merridew's inner evil causes him to result in savage ways. His inner evil stems from fear, his desire for power and hunger. Ultimately Jacks savagery is driven by his lust to hunt and kill, which progresses throughout the book. When Jack first arrives on the island, he is portrayed as someone who initially has no fears but uses the fear of others to control them. There are many examples in the book lord of the flies where jack uses the littlluns fear to control them and to opt for his ideas to hunt and kill. "'Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream. There aren't any beasts to be afraid of on this island...Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!" (Golding 75). Jack uses their fear to get what he initially wants. Since the boys are also afraid of Jack he uses that to get the boys to hunt with him. He also uses the boys fear to keep them inline and to not go against him. Jack convinces the boys that there is a beast, knowing that the boys would fear the beast. He then becomes obsessed with hunting the beast and killing it that the other boys except for piggy and ralph become sprung about it too. "Kill the cut its throat, spill the blood" (p. 69). Jacks obsession with the beast is proof of his savage ways. The obsession with the beast finally ends up with the death of Simon.From the beginning jack has come across as a leader because of his age and his controlling ways. Jacks lust and need of power all starts when the boys first arrive on the island and choose a leader. At first Jack seems content with Ralph as the elected chief. However this quickly changes when Jack no longer believes in what ralph stands for and believes that hunting is the most important thing on the island. " 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-" (p.129), this shows how unsatisfied Jack is with ralphs leadership. Jacks inner savage ways start to display because he starts to become obsessed with the thought of killing and hunting. Jack then starts a tribe on his own that believes in hunting and killing. This is where the savage in Jack comes out and he finds killing and hunting almost a ritual. " We'll hunt. I'm going to be chief." (p.133). This shows Jacks want and need for leadership on the island even though ralph is...

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