Lord Of The Flies Jack Character Traits

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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 thing is --- 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 82). Jack publicly makes fun of the littluns. Jack disrespects the other boys' feelings, making them feel inferior and acting as if their fears are a sign of weakness. The younger boys' feelings of inferiority force them to follow Jack's orders, for fear of being punished or threatened if they go against his ideas. Jack's second anarchist method of leadership is made up of his passion for brutal hunting. Jack leads the boys in a chant of "Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood" (Golding 69). Jack pursues the pig in a tremendously hostile manner. Although this is not a particularly peaceful and civilized method of gathering food, Jack's followers all realize that food is necessary to stay alive on the island. They know if they follow Jack's aggressive quest for wild animals as a source of food, they will have a sufficient supply of food. Jack's third anarchist leadership trait is symbolized by his violent tendencies. After Jack leads an
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