Reflection Essay– Lord of the Flies
In William Golding’s novel, the Lord of the Flies, Jack is among the young boys stranded on the island and plays a significant role in the advancement of the story. He is the head of the choir made up of 7 kids including himself. Jack has numerous characteristics that add to the disputes that he deals with while on the island. These consist of arrogance, selfishness and jealousy– the primary challenges that are based around these emotions. Jack deals with these obstacles with actions based around the emotions of contempt, defiance and damage. These fit in with the style of psychological survival and this is important since it alters the dynamic of the story and characters. This theme is what makes a few of the boys go back to a primitive and barbaric state, while others attempt to keep the order of the island.
Jack is confronted with the challenge of contempt when he loses the leadership role to Ralph. Jack was the leader of the choir and believed that he must be leader of the people due to this experience. “He laid the conch with excellent care in the lawn at his feet. The humiliating tears were ranging from the corner of each eye”. Jack is humiliated to have actually lost the vote and is too immature to process this loss without looking for some kind of vengeance.Jack takes the outcome of the vote personally and becomes jealous of Ralph.I consider this the turning point of Jack’s mental survival on the island. He then starts to focus on just his hate of Ralph and it consumes his thoughts, emotions and actions. His actions then turn to aggressiveness towards Ralph and it is displayed in his propensities to violence which was shown in the fixation with hunting pigs. The feelings that he carries out are still appropriate in the relationship we have today. For example when a person attains something that you think that you should have won, you can end up being jealous of them. Golding represents this in the novel and this is why it is still relevant today. This teaches me how far jealousy can go, even beyond the examples we see in today’s world. Jack performs his hatred of Ralph by defying his management.
Jack is faced with the obstacle of defiance. This feeling is brought about after the loss of the management to Ralph. The only way he knows how to respond to this situation is to defy the leadership and cause a rift in the people. He does this on numerous occasions through many different mediums. He does not agree with Ralph on how to run the camp. Jack believes that they must hunt and Ralph believes they ought to concentrate on rescue. Ralphs quote summarize the difference between the 2 ideology’s and when one fails. “I’m chief. We have actually got to make certain [that there is no beast] Can’t you see the mountain? There’s no signal proving. There may be a ship there. Are you all off your rockers?” This quote represents the rift between the 2 concepts of living arrangements. Ralph thinks that they need to focus on their rescue with making use of a signal fire. Jacks group was assigned to keep the signal fire going and this did not work out and caused a break down within the group. I think that they should have kept the fire going and concentrated on the rescue. This event teaches me how different perspectives can lead to stress in all scenarios, particularly on a desert island occupied by young boys. Jack reveals his hate of Ralph though physical and mental destruction of Ralph’s tribe and his people.
Jack slowly alters from a swank British boy to one with a much darker side. Jack goes through a mental change from a big-headed British choir kid to a primitive violent animal.” [Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a savage snarling”. This narrative helps to represent the wicked side of Jack and how he ended up being consumed with the excitement of the hunt. His bloodlust triggers him to act erratically and the focus of this then relies on the civilisation that Ralph created.When he covers his face, he covers the previous life that he had and ends up being a primitive animal. Jack lets this overtake all sides of his personality and triggers him to attack the authority (Ralph). Another example of an increase in the madness in Jack is when the conch is shattered. This for me represents the shatter of the civilisation and then Jack turns against Ralph with the complete intention to kill. His hatred goes as far as establishing a line of people to hunt Ralph down so he does not get away. This kind of mindset can be seen in lots of parts of world history with the methodical murder of one/thousands of individuals. This occasion teaches me that when the modern-day world is stripped away a primitive being still lives inside our mind.
I most connect to Jack since of his severe nature and his erratic habits. He carries out his anger and hatred through three different stages. These establish to end up being the next one up until he is more animal then young boy. Golding’s novel shows me that when the contemporary world is eliminated a primitive side still exists inside all human, even the boys like in Lord of the Flies.