“Humans are naturally driven by a perpetual and restless desire of power.” (Thomas Hobbes) Every single human being is selfish and rebellious; it’s an undeniable fact about human nature. Humans will act naturally selfish in a situation without proper order, often leading to the corruption of society. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the corruption of society is demonstrated through Jack’s attitude towards elements that are necessary for the survival of their civilization. Jack’s opinions in regard to rules, the huts, Ralph, and killing deeply influence the island’s descent into corruption.
Jack demonstrates his enthusiasm at the possibility of creating rules because the ability to create and to enforce rules is a prominent display of power, which Jack craves for his own personal benefit. Meanwhile, he is thinking of what he can gain from other people breaking the rules. Initially, Jack is excited about the idea of the conch and thinks that he can benefit from the authority he could obtain by taking temporary possession of the conch. As they discuss the possibility of being rescued, the conch slowly begins to be forgotten and neglected. Jack demonstrates his disdain and disregard of the conch and the rules that have been established at the feast. He is quick to ignore the rules made by someone other than him, but he embraces his own rules to increase the stability of his own tyrannical autocracy. After Jack declares himself chief of his tribe, anyone who dares to disobey the regulations set by him is automatically tied up, beaten, or possibly killed.
After Ralph confronts Jack about the fact that “all day [Ralph] was working with Simon [and] no one else”(50), it becomes clear that Jack has no interest in the welfare of the island. Ralph attempted to convince Jack that building huts takes a higher priority over hunting. Jack does not listen and goes hunting again, this time, successfully catching a pig. Jack no longer feels the need to justify his...
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