10 February 2015
Lord of the Flies Essay
"Humanity has evil tendenc[ies] within its nature" (David Wilson). Jack, a choir boy from England, represents the evil incarnate and explains that within human nature, evil lies in oneself even when it is not projected. In Golding's Lord of the Flies, Jack, the Devil Figure, expresses the ideas about one's inner evil as he evolves from a choir leader to a ruthless varmint while spending time on a deserted island.
In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, Jack, who emerges from the jungle dressed in black, possesses a dominant trait of a controlling personality. When Ralph first blows the sound of the conch, Jack and his choir come from the jungle, ...view middle of the document...
Furthermore, as Jack goes out to hunt, he paints a "red and white" mask with a "slash of black...from [his] right ear to left jaw" (Golding 63). The contrast of red and white and the direction from right to left symbolizes Jack's loss of innocence because Golding uses this diction to portray Jack's transition to a corrupt person as he is headed into the direction of savagery due to the idea that the “power of evil is sufficient to overwhelm any opposition” (Carter). Moreover, Golding demonstrates Jack's transition to a bloodthirsty human as he portrays the primitive idea of human sacrifice when Jack "use[s] a littlun" to mock the killing of a pig; therefore, this quickly establishes that Jack's villainous features are starting to emerge in the novel (Golding 115).
At the end of the novel, Jack, who has lost all connections with civilization, morphs into a tyrannical savage who takes advantage of his leadership qualities. The author creates Jack to become a bloodthirsty beast as he "f[inds] the [pig's] throat and...blood spout[s] over his hands" establishing that he is turning inhumane by killing an innocent animal because he wants to prove to his tribe that he possesses a "deeply flawed nature [that] reveal[s] itself fully" (Golding 135; Smolensky). Furthermore, as Jack gains control over most of the boys on the island, the reader can infer that he is abusing his skills to lead when he tells some of his tribe to "tie Wilfred up" just to beat him afterwards for a reason that remains unknown (Golding 159). In addition, Jack continues to misuse his overpowering qualities as he "stab[s] at Ralph's chest with his spear," demonstrating his benefits from his superiority in his tribe and is allowing the power to eat away any sense of mind that he has left (Golding 177).
Throughout Lord of the Flies, Jack, who tempts the boys with protection and worldly goods, represents the Devil Figure. In the beginning of the novel, Jack claims that he will "be responsible for keeping the fire going" when the boys first land on the island; this is significant because Jack is trying to manipulate the others into believing that he can provide some type of safety by committing to keeping the fire burning (Golding 43). In addition, the author portrays Jack's character to illustrate the Devil Figure by creating him to provoke the boys to gain respect in return by "kill[ing] a pig" for food (Golding 140). Likewise, at the end of the novel, Jack "take[s] [his tribe] hunting"; however, the reader can infer that he does this to ridicule his tribe into thinking that Jack is the ultimate leader as he exposes "a darkness that lies at the very core of the human self" (Golding159; Carter).
Jack, who exemplifies a devilish nature, teaches the audience...