His power was very strong in the beginning of the novel but as Jack began to rebel against Ralph, the rest of the boys went along with him. Jack wanted the power from the beginning of the novel. Jack wanted everyone to vote for him while the other boys nominated Ralph to be their leader. He had a small amount of power with his hunters at the start but as the time on the island progressed, he bribed people with food and threatened them to gain more. Ralph pushed Piggy to one side.
When Ralph first blows the conch and he meets with the other children, he is compared to “the man with the megaphone”. This means that because Ralph is being compared to an adult he has more authority over everyone else because an adult would take charge and direct the children. Also when the conch shatters into many pieces, this marks the end of democracy and the society. The second symbol that I think is also very important is Piggy’s glasses. Glasses stereotypically show intellectuality.
After a while, Jack feels that Ralph is not a good leader and he should take over the leadership of the people on the island. Jack then made a huge mistake by not having people by going off to hunt for the group instead of helping the group watch and keep the fire one. “I’m going off by myself. He can catch his own pigs. Anyone who want so hunt when I do can come too” (Golding, 178).
Alaina Wilson Wilson I Mr. Harrold Academic English II 11 Februaury 2011 The Beast Inside of Us In literature, a symbol is something that stands for something else. Symbolism is using usually items to represent concepts, ideas, or thoughts within a book. In the book “Lord of the Flies” written by William Golding, Golding uses multiple examples of symbolism throughout the whole novel. Using the such as the beast, the conch, Piggy's glasses, and even the boys themselves, Golding demonstrates that humans allow their natural abilities for evil to dominate their existence. The entire book is symbolic of the nature of man and society.
However, there is no society on the Island; there are no adults to tell the boys what is acceptable and what is not. The boys are able to make their own decisions and live their live however they want, yet their decisions make them to begin acting like a savage. In chapter three, while Jack is in the forest, he starts to experience his first animal characteristics. Jack’s appearance has drastically changed since there is no one around to tell Jack what is accepted in society and what is not, “a pair of tattered shorts held up by his knife-belt he was naked” (Golding 62). Jack being naked can possibly remind readers of a caveman.
When Piggy dies, Ralph feels like a part of him is missing when he makes decisions and creates thoughts. “We can use this (the conch shell) to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us-“He beamed at Ralph (Page 16) After the group of boys create a small government and elect Ralph as chief, Piggy became an impact on Jack’s character. Jack does not like Piggy because he supports and stands by Ralph.
Unlike Ralph's peaceful, democratic leadership, Jack believes in violence as a way to rule. Jack uses anarchism, the absence of government, as his method of winning over the boys and convincing them to leave Ralph. When Jack is originally unsuccessful as convincing the boys to convert over to his own methods, he resorts to savagery in order to become successful in gaining power and sovereignty over the boys. Jack's disrespect, desire to hunt, and violent tendencies are all ways in which he gains and maintains power over the converted boys. Most importantly, Jack's disrespect towards the other boys makes him fearful to the others, and therefore the boys feel obligated to follow his orders if they want to avoid consequences.
Throughout the story the two opposites of civilization and savagery, are represented through the two main characters, Ralph and Jack. The two battle, Ralph, the one who represents civilization, battles for reason, moral importance, and the value of the good of the group. While Jack, the boy who symbolizes savages, battles just for pure power.When one gratifies their immediate wants and puts himself or herself in front of everyone else, it creates not only an uncivilized society but savagely one In order to attain and keep power, Jack uses the “beast” so he can provide the other boys with a false sense of protection. This way Jack got his desire of power but made the others act on their savage instincts that the “beast” represents. Jack desires absolute power, for absolute power the forces of opposition need to be destroyed.
Throughout the majority of the novel it is obvious to see that Ralph is not the rightful leader, and that Jack should be the leader as he has a strong sense of control over the island but does not have the same agenda when it comes to being rescued as he does not see the importance in the fire, whereas Ralph does, “You let the fire out.” This shows Ralph to understand that to escape from the island the boys need to create a signal fire for other ships. Jack is the apparent rightful leader, but the one that shows the intelligence and is the main reason to why Ralph became chief is Piggy, as from the start he understands the severity of the situation “We may stay here till we die.” Piggy’s intelligence is shown through the