Comparison of Ralph and Jack in the Lord of the Flies

Comparison of Ralph and Jack in the Lord of the Flies

Civilized man does not always act civilized. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, we see the characters Ralph and Jack change into different people the longer they are stranded on the island. When Jack and Ralph first arrived on the island, they were a part of civilization, but as the days turn into weeks, and the weeks into months on this island Jack and Ralph change from who they were. Ralph represents the natural born leader and Jack represents the respected member of society and each performs an essential function in that society.
In the beginning of the book, Jack represents a respected boy of society however, ...

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chorister and head boy. I can sing a C sharp." (12) By Jack stating that he is chapter chorister and head boy he shows that he is a respected boy back at his home. On the island he represents the good boy of the group. One does not become head boy without being well mannered, well behaved and a good kid. He will represent a good person of society on the island. Later in the book however, he changes and represents a total different aspect of civilization. After not being able a pig that had been trapped in front of the boys, Jack had gotten angry at himself and vowed to kill the next one they came across. Ralph assigned jobs to each of the boys, the choir and Jack had been told to look after the fire but when Ralph saw a boat in the sea, he rushed up the hill to find the fire out and the choir chanting. Jack said to Ralph proudly "I cut the pig's throat." (45) This quotation shows that Jack has changed. He now looks for violence, and he enjoyed telling the boys that he cut the ...

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and tend to the fire. Ralph however, changes as well. Sam n' Eric come to the camp and tell Ralph that they just saw the beasty and it chased them but they just got away. Ralph, Jack, Simon, and Roger decide it is time to go hunt the beasty down and venture to the tail end of the island where Jack has not been yet. When the boys get there they find it all stone and a little pier going out into the ocean. Roger, Simon and Jack want to stay there for a bot and start talking about how there is fruit and water. "No! Ralph struck the skin off his knuckles. They did not seem to hurt." (74) This shows that Ralph has changed from the laid back leader he once was, the leader who did not really ...

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