Impression of Jack Andlord of the Flies- Chapter 3- Golding's Display of His Increasing Evil

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Lord of the Flies Ch3 Extract Impression of Jack and Golding’s Display of his Increasing Evil

The chapter's beginning follows Jack on a solitary hunt through the forest, which emphasizes Jack's significance in the novel and explains his preoccupation with hunting. Transformation in his character is very evident. He has now shed his uniform, of which represents civilisation, and now wears the rag like remains. “A pair of tattered shorts held up by a knife belt”. Jack now resembles a savage. For Jack, hunting is not an instinctive talent but a skill that he continues to develop, driven by bloodlust, as the story unfolds. He hunts not for the apparent purpose of gaining food to eat but for his personal enjoyment and to feed his obsession with killing. This shows what Golding believes is the true evil nature of man which is only suppressed by civilised Christian values. Golding underscores his hypothesis by displaying that evil can shine through even a young boy after a few weeks.

Jack’s actions too appear much more primitive; even at this early stage of the novel. “Then dog-like, uncomfortably on all fours yet unheeding his discomfort, he stole forward five yards and stopped… his face a few inches away from this clue”. Animal imagery is used here to emphasize Jacks decent to savagery. Rather than hunting like a rational gentleman; Jack actively plays the role of another animal instinctively preying on other weaker creatures. Golding underscores Jack’s obsession by describing him as “nearly mad”. Golding points out that Jack has “a sharpened stick”, which is an obvious symbol of his offensive brutality.

However Jack has developed other characteristics such as great patience; “He closed his eyes, raised his head and breathed in gently with flared nostrils, assessing the current of warm air for information”. Jack has been led to such a quality only for the bloody prize it brings.

Like Simon; Jack is very conscious of his surroundings and observant. The focus...
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