Lord of the Flies Notebook Analysis

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Junah Tep English II Block F Character Analysis: Jack Jack Merridew is the character in Lord of the Flies who represents the dark side of human nature. In the beginning of the story Jack is described as tall, thin, and bony, with red hair and face crumpled with freckles; “ugly without silliness.” Jack starts off with commanding his choir to stand still, thus telling readers that Jack is not just another kid, but one who is more of the boss of things. When the mention of a chief comes up, Jack immediately puts his mind to occupy that position. Jack humiliates Piggy by calling him fatty, which starts the eruption of laughter from everybody there. As the story continues, Jack is keen on becoming chief and turns his choir boys to ultimate hunters who frequently kills pigs without any trouble and turns against Ralph’s leadership. Jack desires killing pigs and it’s reward of meat over civilization. Jack punishes the ones who did something wrong, and sometimes they haven’t even done anything wrong at all. Jack quickly loses his civilization and lives on with violence and evilness. Towards the middle of the story, Jack puts on the colored clay on his face, which makes him look even more savage-like. As Jack gains more power from the rest of the kids, he becomes more mean. He reveals to himself that there are absolutely no grown ups on the island and he gets his privilege to cuss, hunt, and kill things without a consequence. When Simon and Piggy are killed, Jack acts as If nothing has happened and goes on with his violence. When the mention of a beast comes up, Jack responds by showing himself fearless and determined by even stating, “if there was a snake, we’d hunt and kill it.” (pg.48) Jack is obsessed with hunting and it has been his intention ever since the beginning of the story. Jack feels more superior than the others on the island and is bound to prove it to everybody. At the end of the novel, Jack sets most of the island on fire in attempt to rid of Ralph climaxing his savageness with a “sharpened stick on both ends“ , which is the reason the naval officer set notice of the island. Jack, in the end is the same as everybody else when they all cry hysterically in front of the naval officer who comes to their rescue.

Letter: Johnny
Dear Reader,

I am Johnny. I find myself going towards the sound of the conch from a close distance. I stumble across the sand towards two figures. They are bigger than me and one of them is definitely bigger than me. I am a sturdy and fair looking boy who is walking towards them with my clothes torn and my face covered with a sticky mess of fruit I’ve recently found fallen from tree. My trousers are lowered from my trip to use the bathroom near a tree and I only remember pulling them back halfway. I jump off the palm terrace ad my trousers fall to my ankles. I ignore it and step out of them into the platform. The very big boy helps me to my feet. The normal one continues to blow the conch when I dimly hear shouting in the forest behind me. I squat in front of the normal boy and stare up at him brightly and vertically. I slide my pink thumb into my mouth. The big boy looks down at me and asks for my name and I give him my answer. I hear the big boy repeat my name and shout it to the normal boy, who did not respond because he was still blowing the conch. Signs of life were now visible on the beach. Boy dirty and small like me settle around and the normal boy introduces himself to everybody as Ralph. A boy with a stern looking face commands his choir to stand still, and I’m guessing he’s the head of the group. His name is Jack Merridew and soon he starts making fun of the big boy by calling him Fatty and I realize that the big boy’s name is Piggy, which actually suits him good, so I join in with the laughter, which soon dies down when the names continued. Sooner or later, Jack, Ralph, and a boy named Simon head out towards the sand path to the mountain while us kids are ordered to stay around...
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