Up until this moment in the story, the boys are doing well, but they make the foolish mistake of letting the signal fire out. They do this because they want to hunt the pigs and they leave the fire unattended. In the absence of adult law and rule, the boys disregard Chief Ralph’s instructions and instead participate in hunting, led by Jack. “I was chief; and you were going to do what I said. You talk.
This shows that the boys are starting to forget about their old home and starting to adapt to their new one. By the end, hunting is used for more than just a necessity; it is used for the boys’ own amusement. The boys on the island hunt the sow for their own entertainment, as an excuse to make it an offering for the beast. As a result, the boys lose all connections to society. Thus, the hunting starts off as a difficult task but ends up being a fun game.
Jacks priorities are very different to Ralph, he feels like doing, later, to take power away from Ralph and lastly, to get rid of anyone who opposes him. Once Jack losses the vote to Ralph as leader of the group (Golding 19), after he loses the election to Ralph, he becomes quick to oppose everything Ralph plans to do. He states that his job is going to be to hunt pigs so he could provide the boys with meat and himself with something to pass the time and oppose Ralph’s ideas. Jack does whatever suits his interests an example of this is when the signal fire goes out and Jack only cares that they killed a pig. Ralph is the opposite of Jack, he believes in leading with a democratic style, which gives people freedom of opinion, as well as equality to all group members.
Piggy hung bumbling behind them…. Ralph stopped and turned back to Piggy. “Look.. You can’t come.”(William Golding p.31.32) On the contrary, this further explains, that Simon can indeed get along with the other boys on the island, but on the other hand Piggy can’t , he’s always excluded , and the outsider at all times. Additionally, Piggy is always being bullied, like when in the novel had only commented “ What’s any use. We couldn’t keep a fire like that going, not if we tried.”(William Golding p.52) And since he doesn’t have a good relationship with others, they are always mean to him.
The novel Lord of the Flies portrays an imbalance of power between characters, like Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Throughout the novel, Jack and Ralph are constantly against Piggy because they believe they have a greater sense of authority. Piggy genuinely tries to help and give ideas but is always shut down because of the great imbalance of power between the boys. Jack additionally has no regard for Piggy's entitlement to speak and his tribe feels that anything Piggy says is humorous; they ponder "what amusing thing he may need to say.” Bullies most often tend to pick on the weaker children with poor self esteem or no way of defending themselves, thereby giving themselves more
I do not like it, but I kind of understand it. Roger dropping a boulder on Piggy is not a surprising thing for this cruel boy to do, so I understand it even while I hate it. And when Jack orders his tribe to kill Ralph, I know Jack simply wants to eliminate any impediment to his absolute authority. What I find most appalling and terrifying is how quickly these proper boys who know how to follow rules were transformed into murdering savages. Piggy asks “What are we?
Although he’s a stubborn person, he can also be considered a pushover. For example, as Jack bullied Piggy, he just stood by and watched rather than helped him out. Also, as they were trying to hunt for the beast, Ralph got carried away along with the other boys and started acting wildly. When it came to defending his power, Ralph wasn’t able to convince everyone else. As Jack defied him, all he could say was “I’m the chief” or “I have the conch”.
And when asked for the reason as to why he was beaten, Winifred stated that he was never made aware of a reason. According to another defendant, Roger, Jack threatened the other boys into doing whatever Jack wanted them to do. He threatened them with beatings and other ways of humiliation. For example he also told the other boys to use the “liluns” as pigs in their dances depicting their hunts, as stated by Roger. Also, according to defendant Ralph, Jack was hungry for power and control.
In chapter one, Jack hesitates to stab and kill a piglet because he has never killed anything, and the barbaric act of cutting into a living creature was too overwhelming. Not only does Jack see this as a personal weakness, but he also is embarrassed by his hesitation and says “I was choosing a place.” His explanation that he was looking for a place to stab the piglet was false and everyone knew it was the unbearable blood stopping Jack from killing the creature; however, he vows that next time the pig won't get away. This vow opens the door to the savagery that will overtake him and many of the boys who want to satisfy their primal impulses. Clearly Jack does not start off as a monster, and he still remains in touch with civilization. Although, as the novel continues, Jack's trajectory gradually moves away from the formal, civilized way of life and steadily toward murder and brutality.
Grendel had no hall, no lord, and he disobeyed the laws of warfare by attacking at night. For this, Grendel’s point of view is a little skewed for he has such a burning hatred for men that he murders and eats them. When hearing of Beowulf, he is the shining example of everything that Grendel hates. Over the course of the novel, the reader realizes how much Grendel acts like a human and how his train of thought is more rational than portrayed in Beowulf. This personification is shown throughout because of his complex thought patterns.