All about jack in the lord of the flies

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All about jack in the lord of the flies

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The opening chapter begins with two boys, Piggy and Ralph, makingtheir way through the jungle. We learn, through their dialogue, thatthey had been travelling in an airplane with a group of British schoolchildren. The plane had presumably been shot down and crashed on a anisland in the Pacific. It is hinted that the rest of the world is atwar, and that most of it has been destroyed by nuclearattacks–possibly explaining that the children were being evacuated.

A storm has come and gone, washing the wreckage away. Ralph and Piggymeet and revel at the prospect that they are alone on a tropicalisland with no adults. They make their way to the beach where theyfind a large conch shell. Using the shell as a horn, Ralph summons anyother children that may be on the island. They begin to come from thejungle and Piggy tries to take names.

Along the beach two marching files of black-clad children approach.This is the first we see of Jack Merridew (who, oddly enough is theonly child, besides Percival, whose last name we will learn). Piggy isimmediately singled out by the group and made fun of. The children donot like him and never will.

Being children, and at first thinking that survival is a game to beplayed and that rescue is inevitable, they decide to vote for a chief”to decide things.” It is obvious the only two contenders are Jack andRalph. Ralph is voted in; he had possession of the conch–alreadymagical in quality to those present–and seemed the most able. Jack’sblack-clad choir are designated as hunters upon Jack’sinsistence–already revealing his need to hunt and kill.

Ralph’s first decision as chief is to send a party out to investigatewhether or not they are really on an island. Himself, Jack, and Simonleave to scale the mountain. As they climb the pink granite, they taketime to have fun and roll a large boulder off the edge to watch it bedestroyed “like a bomb.” This need to destroy begins with thisinnocent rock-rolling and will eventually culminate with the killingof a sow, Simon, Piggy and the hunting of Ralph later in the story.

They reach the summit and indeed discovery they are on an island,apparently uninhabited. A new friendship developes between Ralph andJack. They savor the “right of domination,” and Jack comments abouthow they will have fun and hunt “until they fetch us.” Jack believesrescue is inevitable and these thoughts will contribute to his


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