The Cruelty Within Humans
In the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding tells a story about a group of boys attempting to survive on an island after a plane crash. There are no adults on the island therefore, maintaining order is difficult. Things get out of hand, the group splits up, and lives are lost. The boys undergo changes in their personalities and cruelty is shown. In order to demonstrate that humans are essentially bad the reader must examine Jack’s behavior toward the other boys, his obsession with hunting, and the anonymity the mask provides for him.
Throughout the novel Jack is portrayed as one of the meanest of the boys, and his aggressiveness becomes progressively worse. When Jack is referring to Piggy, he shouts “Shut up, Fatty“ (Golding 21). When Jack is first introduced, he seems to dislike Piggy. Throughout the entire novel, he is continuously mean to Piggy. He does not let Piggy speak and makes fun of him because he is different. Jack was cruel from the beginning, the island was not what made him cruel. For example, according to Robert, Jack ““…got angry and made us tie Wilfred up…he‘s been tied up for hours.“” (Golding 159). When Jack is chief at Castle Rock he shows more cruelty toward the boys. He beats Wilfred just because he feels like it. He abused his power as chief by inflicting physical pain on someone for no reason. Jack’s negative behavior toward the boys shows how bad and cruel humans are for no reason.
Jack becomes more and more obsessed with hunting as the novel goes on. It is all he seems to care about it. The very first time he kills a pig Jack proudly said “’I cut the pig’s throat!” (Golding 69). Jack took pride in killing the pigs violently and he goes on to describe exactly how he did it. At this point in the novel, Jack did not care about anyone or anything else, he was more concerned about having just killed the pig. Hunting was his main priority, and he enjoyed killing pigs and the sight of their blood. When Jack...
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