Reflection Essay– Lord of the Flies
In William Golding’s unique, the Lord of the Flies, Jack is one of the young boys stranded on the island and plays a significant function in the advancement of the story. He is the head of the choir comprised of 7 boys including himself. Jack has numerous attributes that contribute to the conflicts that he faces while on the island. These include conceit, selfishness and jealousy– the main challenges that are based around these feelings. Jack faces these barriers with actions based around the feelings of contempt, defiance and damage. These fit in with the theme of mental survival and this is very important because it changes the dynamic of the story and characters. This theme is what makes some of the young 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 management function to Ralph. Jack was the leader of the choir and thought that he should be leader of the tribe due to this experience. “He laid the conch with excellent care in the grass at his feet. The embarrassing tears were ranging from the corner of each eye”. Jack is embarrassed to have actually lost the vote and is too immature to process this loss without seeking some type of vengeance.Jack takes the result of the vote personally and becomes envious of Ralph.I consider this the turning point of Jack’s mental survival on the island. He then begins to focus on only his hate of Ralph and it consumes his ideas, feelings and actions. His actions then turn to aggression towards Ralph and it is displayed in his propensities to violence which was displayed in the fascination with hunting pigs. The emotions that he carries out are still pertinent in the relationship we have today. For instance when a person attains something that you think that you need to 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 carries out his hatred of Ralph by defying his management.
Jack is faced with the barrier of defiance. This emotion 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 trigger a rift in the tribe. He does this on many events through several mediums. He does not see eye to eye with Ralph on how to run the camp. Jack believes that they need to hunt and Ralph thinks they should focus on rescue. Ralphs quote summarize the difference in between the 2 ideology’s and when one stops working. “I’m primary. We have actually got to ensure [that there is no monster] 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 plans. Ralph thinks that they require to focus on their rescue with using a signal fire. Jacks group was appointed to keep the signal fire going and this did not work out and triggered a break down within the group. I believe that they must have kept the fire going and focused on the rescue. This occasion teaches me how different points of view can cause stress in all scenarios, especially on a desert island lived in by boys. Jack shows his hate of Ralph though physical and psychological damage of Ralph’s tribe and his individuals.
Jack gradually alters from a classy British kid to one with a much darker side. Jack goes through a psychological change from a conceited British choir kid to a primitive violent animal.” [Jack] started to dance and his laughter ended up being a savage snarling”. This narrative helps to represent the wicked side of Jack and how he became consumed with the adventure 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 past 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 insanity in Jack is when the conch is shattered. This for me represents the shatter of the civilisation and then Jack turns versus Ralph with the complete intention to eliminate. His hatred reaches setting up a line of individuals to hunt Ralph down so he does not escape. This type of mentality can be seen in numerous parts of world history with the organized murder of one/thousands of people. This occasion teaches me that when the contemporary world is removed away a primitive being still lives inside our mind.
I most associate with Jack due to the fact that of his severe nature and his erratic behaviors. He carries out his anger and hatred through 3 different stages. These establish to become the next one till he is more animal then young boy. Golding’s novel shows me that when the contemporary world is removed a primitive side still exists inside all human, even the boys like in Lord of the Flies.