Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air. "(Golding 19) The government progressively transformed into Authoritarian government. Jack was the main influence that caused this change. From the beginning of the novel Jack thirsted for power, he gained it by telling everyone that his tribe along with him would be there to protect everyone and provide them with food. Along with bribing people, he used violence and the fear of the beast to control the group.
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.
The conch is a very significant symbol for democracy and how it is used throughout the book is also a symbol for how the boys change. Jack and Ralph are the main reason that there is corruption for power in Lord of the Flies because they are the only two that truly desire power. Towards the end of the book, Jack uses savage methods of forcing people to join his tribe. The main character that shows how power leads to corruption is Jack. He is the one that eventually leads the boys into savagery.
Except by me” (Golding 33). He made it clear that this is officially one of the rule which will be followed and he wouldn’t accept no as an answer. Later in the novel the value of discipline grows more. To be specific, Jack became a dictator who acted so cruel to those who don’t follow his rule. Jack and his “tribe” punished anyone who didn’t follow them.
Right here Jack already tries to imply that his choir is more savage than the rest of the boys by calling them hunters. Secondly, Jack once again expresses his need for control by going against the rules that were instilled among the boys in the beginning of the book. Jack says, “Bollocks to the rules! Were strong- we hunt…we’ll close in and beat and beat and beat,” (Golding 99). The excessive control demonstrated by the boys undoubtedly supports the idea that humans are innately evil, and it is also shown in many other ways such as how the boys mistreat each other.
Jack is telling the boys that Ralph is a coward and doesn’t deserve being leader. Jack is trying to manipulate the boys into thinking that Ralph isn’t the proper leader and Jack is trying to overthrow Ralph because wants power. This expresses that the darkness of humanity will destroy society for power and will do anything to get it. These quotes show that the darkness of humanity can destroy societies proven by Golding in the Lord of the
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).
Stand still.’ This shows he is very demanding and intimidating. One of his first words to the boys are ‘I ought to be chief’ this shows he thinks he is the best and an unfair way of choosing, this is a bad first impression to make to the rest of the boys. Throughout the book Jack is only interested in hunting. It is the only thing he wants to do, this shows
Tom can also be labeled better than anyone, this is in the way he stands and he has a “supercilious manner”. In addition, he really likes to control people, for example “turning me around by one arm” implies the fact that he is physically controlling someone, in this case Nick Carraway. Tom is a racist. I know this because he says “the white race will be – will be utterly submerged” as well as “dominant race” which he says a bit after and it suggests that he is aggressive and eager to be in power. He is the type of guy that controls people both mentally and physically, he is shown to be aggressive and eager to be in power in this chapter and this is shown by the quote “dominant race, to watch out” he’s also being racist to this point.
When they gather around for the first time after Ralph summons them, he declares “We’ll have rules…lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks ‘em-.” (Golding 33). The boys are excited to have rules; they are comforted by this thought, even Jack, who is in obvious competition with Ralph to become chief from the very start. They are welcoming to the thought of punishment if rules are broken, because this is how they function in their civilized lives. When Jack finds out there are animals on the island, he wants to hunt them.