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Julianne Ji1/26/18In the novel Lord of the Flies, the main reason that people followed corrupt leaders was out of fear and security.  “Piggy and Ralph… made it governable”(152).   “‘You got to go because… they hurt us'”(188). The “beast” is to blame for the complete savagery on the island. “Jack spoke loudly… the open beach”(136).  “The beast was on its hands… teeth and claws”(153). Jack is the prime example of a man to beast in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. “‘We’ll have rules!… Lots of rules!”(33). “‘But they’ll be… paint brought”(172). Prompt: Choose one of the following characters and analyze his significance in the story: Ralph, Piggy, or Jack. Consider how he changes on the island, his actions and thoughts, his physical looks, and any symbolic or allegorical meaning attached to the character. Provide at least two or three specific examples from the text to support your reasoning.    In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Jack is an example for man’s natural instinct for greed and survival. At the beginning of the novel, Jack is innocent, sheltered, and molded by society’s morals and values. “‘We’ll have lots of rules!’ he cried excitedly. ‘Lots of rules!'”(33). At the beginning, he fixated on rules, order, and power, but, a very short while later, his excessive personality starts to emerge. When he fails to kill the pig, his pride is deeply damaged. He only cares for the pig, until one day he finally kills one but in the process, lets their chance of rescue flicker out. From then on, he begins to challenge Ralph’s leadership. So when the marked child tells them of the “beast,” Jack tells them that he is not afraid, that he could protect them. When Jack leaves, along with the bigguns, Jack begins to corrupt them and they begin to paint themselves. “They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought”(172). When they begin to paint themselves, it is a symbol of turning full-savage. They no longer care about society and its rules, they only care about hunting and killing. The point they go full savage is the moment they rip apart Simon. They were so caught up in their own world, that they failed to see the human being in front of them and instead saw a beast. Jack not only turned into a savage but, he turned the others as well.

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