Jack as the devil. Lord of the Flies

Essay by Robert A. Martin Jr.High School, 11th grade January 1997

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Jack, leader of a group of choirboys and ultimately

chief of the hunters, is Ralph's principal antagonist. Described as

having a full head of red hair, wearing a black cloak and bullying his

way through the boys, his role as a villain is fairly clear from the

beginning. Jack is destined to be the primary cause of destruction on

the island; however, he is not presented as a one-dimensional monster.

Golding forges a more complex and subsequently more credible

character than that. Jack does, for instance, feel some regrets for the

blood on his hands. But before long he represses and noble instincts

and embraces a life of savagery. He makes the psychological break

symbolically when he baptizes himself with the blood of a slaughtered

pig. With the exception of Ralph, Piggy, and a few others, he

eventually lures the other boys to follow him in a life consecrated in

blood, a life which will lead them to multiple murders.

Abstractly, Jack

represents the bestial instinct of the human being unrestrained by any

rational Control.

Jack is a devil because of the savage ways he acts like the red

hair, painted faces, the savage pig hunts, the rituals, sacrifices, and the

terrorist acts. Jack is evil because of him being always murderous. He

is always wanting to hunt things and not care what happens to the

animal. Once he gets incharge of his own group he paints his face and

his red hair make him look like the devil. He uses threating comments

to get other people join his group. And he goes on savage acts like

going and beating up Ralph and Piggy for Piggy's glasses. Jack is

always bulling his way through all the boys like he forces Piggy to give

him Piggy's glasses. Jack...