Essay on Jack's Power in Lord of the Flies
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Jack's Power in Lord of the Flies
At the beginning we see Jack as a well-dressed choir leader, " each boy wore a square black cap with a silver badge in it." suggesting that he is civilised. We see also from this first point that he is introduced, that he has a slightly mean streak in him as he gives 'an order' to the other choir boys to "stand still", even though the heat is far too much for them. They are in fear of him as they obey his order. The boys also did as Jack said when they "raised their hands"
"with dreary obedience" to vote him for chief.
This mean streak also occurs when he is constantly dismissing Piggy and telling him to "shut up".
When Ralph brings in rules about the conch and shelters Jack becomes…show more content…
The chapter 'Huts on the beach' is when we start to see a small division between the group.
Many of the boys want to have fun and see Jack's hunting as the fun they wanted, "this'll be a real hunt! Who'll come?", rather than building shelters.
Jack breaks piggy's glasses after he let the fire go out and the glasses are a sign of civilisation as they light the fire. It is like
Jack has become uncivilised.
When there is talk about the beast Jack tries to convince people that there is no such thing. The way that he reassures them is by asking them a question "Am I a hunter or not?" the other boys then believe him because they know that Jack will protect them. He has become a renowned hunter.
Jack's tribe appealed to the boys as they were so hungry and Jack could provide them with meat. They chase the pig shouting "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!". Jack invited Piggy and Ralph to a feast and that is the night when Simon was killed by the tribe after being mistaken for the beast. Jack offers the Pigs head to the beast. Jack assumed from the start that he "ought to be chief" as he was the choir leader and I think he resented Ralph for the fact that he was chief. Jack has a leadership quality "Jack led the way down the rock and across the bridge" and we start to see Jack use
Summary: The novel "Animal Farm" by George Orwell shows two common characteristics of human nature: the desire for power and freedom. Napoleon is the personification of a power-hungry human and Old Major is the symbol for striving for freedom.
Napoleon was already hungry for power and soon after the Rebellion had plans of getting rid of his opponent. For example " Napoleon uttered a high pitched whimper. At this nine enormous dogs came bounding into the barn. They dashed straight for Snowball" (Orwell 67.) Napoleon had eliminated his only rival and was free to control the farm and run things to his own accord. This has apparently been the goal of Napoleon's for awhile now. He wanted absolute control of the farm for his own selfish wants and needs. In another example " Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals richer themselves-except, of course, the pigs and dogs" (Orwell 129). Again Napoleon is concerned only for himself and manipulates the other animals to get what he wants. Napoleon had a quite rise to power and is keeping the animals that are under his control oppressed and oblivious to stay loyal and abide by what he says. Human nature will not always allow the leaders, who are always necessary, to be fair.
Old Major had the typical dream to be free and was the inspiration for the Revolution. For instance, "Only get rid of man and the produce of our labor would be our own" (Orwell 30). Everyone wants and needs freedom. This sounds like the perfect government if taken at face value. As with every society or government man creates it has it's flaws and weakness in this socialistic government is there is inevitably no freedom. Also, "whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs or has wings is a friend." (Orwell 31). Old Major wanted only what is best for the animals, but never lives to experience their plan fully in action, he never sees the problems. It was not taken into account that there is always someone out there willing to ruin it for others to get what they want from it. You can fight as hard as you can for your freedom but there will always be somebody egotistical enough to take it all away.
Human nature is not to be trusted.
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