Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Essay - Jack Merridew Question: Choose a protagonist in 'Lord of The Flies' and analyse their character in detail, ie their appearance, personality, strengths, weaknesses, motivations and also their relationship towards others. In William Golding's novel, 'The Lord of The Flies', Jack Merridew is a young boy around the age of 12 and the character that goes through the most change of anyone throughout the story. He begins the novel as a arrogant choir boy, who we actually see cry when he is not elected leader of the deserted island. The novel goes into distortion with detail anarchy. As the novel goes on darkness overtakes Jack, and soon he becomes astray. In Chapter 1 of the novel, Golding describes Jack's physical appearance to be, “Inside the floating cloak he was tall, thin and bony; his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled and ugly without silliness”. Red is a colour usually associated with blood and black is usually referred to as death, evil and fear. This shows the audience that he is perhaps possessed with some diabolical evil and that he can commit any sort of crime by his own will. The novel also says he has, “blue eyes” which turn red when he sees something not going his way or that he doesn't like what someone has done. Jack's personality changes dramatically from start to the end of the novel. At first Jack and the others find, “A baby piglet caught in a curtain of creepers”, they all start chasing it for dinner but let it go. Later on in Chapter 8, Jack leaves the group because he is fed up with Ralph being chief and forms his own hunting group. The group hunts down another sow but this time instead they kill it and, “Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward with his knife”. This shows Jack is so hungry that he has forgotten all about himself and also

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