Lord Of The Flies: Jack Vs. Piggy, Savagery Vs. Civilization

1613 words - 6 pages

Imagine being eleven and stranded on a island for a month with no adults. Most children’s personalities would change, right? They would need to establish rules and pick a leader. Morals would be questioned, and people would disagree. They would be forced to take on responsibility in the face of survival, which at age eleven, is way too much for any child to handle. Jack and Piggy’s changes show it enough for any child to crack, in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Jack and Piggy represent the change from civilization to savagery as they go through changes in physical appearance, personality, and morals and ethics while they are stranded on an island.
Physically, Piggy’s and Jack’s appearances are very distinct and different. In the beginning of the book, Piggy is described as overweight, short, and asthmatic. He wears thick glasses and a greasy windbreaker. He is often made fun of for his weight and poor eyesight, hence the nickname “Piggy”. Later on in chapter four, when all the boys’ hair grows longer and becomes dirty, it is said that Piggy’s hair does not grow: “He was the only boy on the island whose hair never seemed to grow. The rest were shockheaded, but Piggy’s hair still lay in wisps over his head as though baldness were his natural state and this imperfect covering would soon go, like the velvet on a young stag’s antlers” (64) Piggy’s hair not growing is thought to represent rules not changing, staying short and not growing as if he were still in civilization and his hair had to be neat. Jack’s physical appearance seems harder and more mean looking than Piggy’s round, helpless appearance. Jack is described as
“... thin and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger” (20). Later in the book, Jack’s hair gets unruly and long and he paints his face for hunting. This is to characterize his descent into savagery, just as Piggy’s hair not growing represents how he stays close to civilization and rules. His hair grows long and dirty from neglect and not washing, and face painting is not a tolerated thing in usual society. His face mask represents him hiding his old civilized self, and becoming a savage, a monster, and breaking away from the molds that society and civilization had created.
Jack’s and Piggy’s appearances correspond to their personalities in a way that Piggy is overlooked, and Jack is mean but still idolized. Jack is very demanding, which is clear in the beginning of the book. Jack states to the group when demanding to be chief "’I ought to be chief, because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp”(22). Jealousy also plays a part in Jack’s personality. When Ralph is elected as chief, despite Jack’s demands, it later shows that Jack is haughty and doesn’t want to...

Find Another Essay On Lord of the Flies: Jack Vs. Piggy, Savagery Vs. Civilization

Lord of the Flies By William Golding Jack and Rogers sprial into Savagery

1669 words - 7 pages " "You don't know Roger. He's a terror." "And the chief-they're both-" "-terrors-" "-only Roger-" (189; Ch. 12). As Lord of the Flies races to its conclusion Jack and Roger have become the dread the boys fear, but cannot escape. Cruel and sadistic these two boys do as they please, torturing children and hunting a fellow boy, the price of their humanity they gladly pay. At the beginning of the novel, a reader would think Jack and Roger...

William Goulding's "Lord of the Flies" as an Allegory. Provides analysis for symbolism and the allegories of Piggy, Ralph, Jack, the Lord of the Flies, and fire.

936 words - 4 pages Lord of the Flies as an AllegoryThe Lord of the Flies if read at face value can be interpreted as short book about the struggle to survive on a deserted island and its physical and psychological impacts on its inhabitants. But when the reader looks deeper, they see a novel that is an allegory that is filled with rich and detailed symbolism in almost all...

Writing Assignment #1: Civility or Savagery?, Lord Of The Flies

642 words - 3 pages Manal Ammagui10/06/14P-3Writing Assignment #1: Civility or Savagery?In William Golding's book

Lord of the Flies - From Merridew to Savagery

1113 words - 4 pages From Merridew to SavageryThe angels of God are perfect; they don't do anything significantly harmful. "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary" (Jackson Madison). If we were all angels, there would be no crime and no need for government. Our consciences' would not allow us to harm or break laws. Angels made by God were not...

Lord Of The Flies: Jack And Roger

598 words - 2 pages Lord of The Flies: Jack and Roger Jack and Roger are two allegorical characters in the story: "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. They are both characterized as killers but they are very different from one another. The two young boys start off with the same intentions but as the story progresses we begin to see the differences in their personalities. While Jack's power hunger grows, Roger's sadistic nature also grows as well. ...

Title: Mans intellect vs mans unreasoning cardinality. Using the book "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, this is a character analysis of piggy and how he relates to social allegories.

563 words - 2 pages Clayton M. FergusonMarch 1- 200310H- EnglishMANS INTELLECT AND TECHNOLOGYVS.MANS UNREASONING CARNALITYCharacter Analysis- PiggyHave you ever wondered...

The Importance of Piggy in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

739 words - 3 pages The Importance of Piggy in Lord of the Flies by William Golding Piggy is a key character in the novel not only because he is important in showing the emotions of the boy's through the hate that he generates but also because of the underlying symbolism that is so closely related to him. Piggy's "specks" are used to show the state of the boy's society. At the start of the novel Piggy's glasses are intact this shows us...

The Deaths of Simon and Piggy in The Lord of the Flies by Golding

1379 words - 6 pages The Deaths of Simon and Piggy in The Lord of the Flies by Golding Simon's death was not a complete accident. You could find excuses for his death and explain it as an accident but there are key people who began the process. The littluns who started the 'beast' or 'snake thing' craze are the main cause; none of them would listen to reason, now that they 'knew' that there was a beast on the island although the biguns...

'Lord of the Flies" by William Golding: Should Ralph be weeping for Piggy or Simon?

866 words - 3 pages Should Ralph be weeping for Piggy or Simon?At the end William Golding?s Lord of the...

Deterioration of Civilization in Lord of the Flies

968 words - 4 pages Deterioration of civilization has been speculated by the human race for centuries. As a result of these prophecies of chaos, William Golding wrote the novel Lord of the Flies in 1954. The story concerns a group of schoolboys that have been beached on an island from the crash of a plane. Without any adult guidance, the children must last and construct a civilization of their own until rescue arrives. Unfortunately, the schoolboys are quickly...

"Lord of the Flies": Dissolution of Civility and the Domination of Savagery

1089 words - 4 pages In "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, the two main characters, Ralph and Jack, represent weaknesses of succumbing to darkness in order to emphasize man's inevitable fall into savagery. Golding demonstrates how man's innate savage nature unavoidably dominates all forms of civility and society, by exemplifying the faults of man in a concentrated setting such as the island. The novel is considered a fable or a parable because it includes an...

Similar Essays

Civilization Versus Savagery In Golding's Lord Of The Flies

1817 words - 7 pages "Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything - except his own nature." This quote from Henry Miller demonstrates that even the best of people can be tempted and twisted by their own nature. Like the symbolic pig’s head stuck in the calm forests clearing, all beauty and innocence can be mutated when order is overthrown by impulse actions. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, a central theme exists demonstrating the...

Lord Of The Flies Ralph Vs Jack By: Tan Ly

566 words - 2 pages Ralph and Jack had a little in common but aside from that they are completely opposite from each other. Both of them were boys, they were at the same age, the wanted control, and they were goal oriented. In the beginning they were friends and Jack obeyed to Ralph's type of government which is democracy. But as the relationship advanced, Jack began to...

Perceptiveness On Civilization And Savagery Of Human Nature Reflected From William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

10966 words - 44 pages Perceptiveness on Civilization and Savagery of Human'sNature Reflected from William Golding's Lord of the FliesIntroductionLord of the Flies, one of William...

The Challenge Between Civilization And Savagery In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

1501 words - 6 pages In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, symbolism and allegories were used to show how the children who are stranded on an island have a huge struggle with civilization and savagery. Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and Simon are the ones in the novel that struggle with this the most. Golding wrote this story because he was horrified of Stalinism in Russia. His experience in World War II effected his view on humanity and evils that are capable...