Like Golding, Jack knew how to defend himself and others, Golding during the World War II and Jack protecting the boys from the beast. Political: Hitler’s rise to power is show in Lord of the Flies through Jack and his rise of power when he leaves Ralph’s tribe. Jack used the pigs as propaganda and the boys’ fear of the beast and his promise for protection from it to get them to join his tribe like Hitler used propaganda and made huge promises to get people to agree with him. Both Jack and Hitler were aggressive and had a totalitarian rule. Moral: Envy and greed lead to Jack’s devolution.
At first the conch was what brought the boys together, and it was what made them vote for Ralph to be chief. Everybody was perfectly fine and happy with Ralph as their leader until Jack started challenging his authority. Jack caused everybody to drift away from the civilization associated with Ralph and the conch, and push them towards the savageness associated with the beast and the “fun” of hunting and killing. ”’Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.’… This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch…’Him with the shell.’…’Let him be chief, with the trumpet thing.’” (Golding p. 24) Everybody voted Ralph for chief, other than Jack and the choir. The only reason they voted for Ralph was because he had the conch.
Ralph, unlike Simon, has not figured out that he is fighting not only Jack, but the evil inside all mankind. Simon had figured that out when he had his "conversation" with the pig's head. The head told Simon "I'm part of you." Since Simon's conversation was part of an epileptic hallucination, the realization that the evil is inside of man must have come from Simon himself. Unfortunately Ralph, has been so focused on trying to lead the boys, thinking they would follow him simply because he was chief.
The conch is governing authority, keeping those desperate for power under law and giving one the opportunity to speak ones mind as only the person holding the conch is permitted to speak, “Let him have the conch!” shouts Piggy. “Let him have it!”. Golding utilizes the character of Ralph to embody, law and order and democracy through him admonishing one of the “biguns” to let a “littleun” have a chance to speak. In the beginning of the novel the younger boys contributed greatly to the election of Ralph as chief. In Lord of the Flies, the conch is blown to announce to the group that it is time to hold an assembly at the platform to discuss things of importance such as the building and maintenance of the signal fire, the hunting and capture of pigs and the
He scares them into doing whatever he wants them to do. For example he tied Wilfred up in the hot sun for no reason, except that he was angry. “He got angry and made us tie Wilfred up He’s been tied up for hours, waiting−” (Golding, 176). This makes the boys not want to betray him or make him angry so they follow his orders. The boys don’t see it that way though; they think he’s a great Chief because he takes them hunting.
When the younger boys talk in fear about the snake they saw, Jack says “there isn’t a snake thing and if there was a snake, we would hunt it and kill it”. (Page 35) This shows that Jack is preoccupied with hunting and exemplifies his desire for violence and brutality. Many bullies use violence and brutality to physically over power their victims. The ``bully`` archetypical character has a powerful role in the novel, mostly because of the characterization of Jack. The `` leader`` role is just as widely recognized as the ``bully`` role.
Roger found a lodgment for his point and began pushing until he was leaning with his whole weight”. This savage behavior shows that soon or later it will turn out to be survival of the fittest because eventually there will be a shortage of food. The boys begin to hunt each other after running into arguments and fights between the two leaders and fear took over the other boys when the picked tribes. “And we’ve got to be careful and throw our spears like at a pig” “we’re going to spread out in a line across the island- “we’re going forward from this end-” “until we find you”. Jack’s tribe of boys has degenerated completely into savages by killing and hunting their companions.
Ralph was probably the most influential person at the beginning of the novel since he was a leader. While everyone was concerned with having fun, Ralph was more worried about doing whatever he could to get rescued. Seen in chapter 2 when Ralph says “If a ship comes near they island they may not notice us”. “We must make a fire” (38). Ralph’s ability to persuade the boys to behave civilly was most impressive until the boys slowly began to become savage.
In Lord of the Flies, when Ralph and Jack compete for leadership of the boys, most of the boys show their loyalty to Ralph; by making him to leader of them. But as the book continues, and Jack becomes more savage, the boys cast off moral restraint and embrace violence and savagery. That is apparent when Jack tells the boys to “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood” (96).
Of course then Piggy was killed. This was another mistake because of many things; first of all, Piggy was a voice of reason for all of the boys on the island, even if they never really listened to him. He was very smart and resourceful. Without him the boys just became more uncivilized and ended up setting the whole island on fire to try and kill Ralph. It is also important to realize that you don’t just kill people because you feel like it, because in a civilized culture there are consequences for those types of