Loth Essay

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In Lord of the Flies by William Golding a plane full of British boys crash into a remote island. There, they are stranded without any adults so they are forced to vend for themselves. One of the main characters was named Jack who was a particularly interesting character to focus on because he was such a dynamic person. Jack went from being civilized to being savage due to a lack of enforcement of the rules of society. Jack started off civilized because he hadn’t noticed the lack of enforcement of society’s rules. When the boys vote for chief and Ralph gets elected, “Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification. He started up, then changed his mind and sat down again.”(23) Even though the boys vote for Ralph as chief Jack “started up” to fight against the results of the vote. He then changed his mind because society says votes are fair and he can’t reverse the outcome. Furthermore, as the narrator notes after Jack came back form a hunt where he hadn’t killed the pig, “They knew very well why he hadn’t: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into the living flesh: because of the unbearable blood.” (31) Although after this when he was talking about not killing the pig he says “Next time-!” Although the boys know why Jack didn’t kill the pig, Jack says “I was choosing a place” was the reason he didn’t kill the pig. The rules of society are still in the back of Jack’s head during this scene otherwise he would have killed the pig right then and there. He knows better than to kill the pig because he is still civilized because he hasn’t yet realized the lack of society’s rules on the island. Jack, with time, starts to reflect the actions of a savage because he is starting to notice the lack of enforcement of the rules of society on the island. “Jack! Jack! The Rules! You’re breaking the rules!” (91) This shows that Jack is starting to

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