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Jack Character Notes Lord of the flies


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Lord of the flies - suggested watching. The 1963 film, despite being old fashioned, actually follows the book much more closely than the 1990 film. See the YouTube video here:

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Jack Character Notes Lord of the flies

  1. 1. William GoldingImages from Lord of the Flies 1963 film. Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  2. 2. Character Notes Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  3. 3.  Jack is the head choirboy. His choir become the hunters. He is Ralph’s rival, and eventually declares himself chief of the island. Main actions in the novel...  Decides that the choir should be the hunters  Takes Piggy’s glasses by force to light the fire  After killing a pig, he organizes a dance and ceremonial chant to celebrate its death.  Disregards all the rules.  Leaves when Ralph is re-elected chief.  Becomes the cruel leader of a savage tribe. Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  4. 4.  Jack evidently has complete control over the choirboys from the very start. They all march in step - he orders them around in a military fashion. Orders them to stop but won’t let them take off their cloaks first, even in the sweltering heat. ‘Choir! Stand still!’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  5. 5.  Says he was head-boy at school - arrogantly assumes that he should be chief on the island. The quotation shows that he is very immature - as if this is enough of a reason to make him chief. ‘I can sing C-Sharp’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  6. 6.  Jack thinks that first names are for kids - he feels he is too important to be called by his first name alone. He is used to being called ‘Merridew’ by his choir, who fear and respect him. ‘Kids’ names ... Why should I be Jack? I’m Merridew.’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  7. 7.  Piggy notices an offhand authority in Jack’s voice, as though ordering people around and being in charge comes as second nature to him. ‘...the offhand superiority in his voice...’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  8. 8.  Jack tries to make up new rules to suit himself all the time - for example saying the conch ‘doesn’t count’ at his end of the island. When the rules don’t suit him so well, he rejects them, shouting the above. ‘Bollocks to the rules!’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  9. 9.  Jack hates Ralph being in charge and often challenges him. He tells the tribe that Ralph can’t hunt and provide them with food so he has no right to tell them what to do.‘He’s not a hunter.He’d never have gotus meat. He isn’t a prefect...’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  10. 10.  Jack is vicious with his words - he is especially nasty in the way he talks to Piggy - he says this to make the others laugh. ‘You’re talking too much ... Shut up, Fatty!’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  11. 11.  A suggestion of Jack’s aggressive character given early on in the novel - Ralph sees something in his eyes that suggests a violent temper. ‘...turning, or ready to turn, to anger...’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  12. 12.  When Piggy criticises Jack for letting the fire out, Jack punches Piggy, smacks him in the head, and breaks his glasses.• Jack takes out his humiliation and anger out on the weakest member of the pack. ‘... Able at last to hit someone, stuck his fist into Piggy’s stomach’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  13. 13.  He is proud of having slit the pig’s throat for the first time. He shudders at the thought of the blood, and yet it excites him - it will become easier and easier - foreshadowing. ‘I cut the pig’s throat,’ ‘saidJack Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  14. 14.  Jack’s violence is open and totally deliberate. After Piggy’s horrific death, Jack shouts this, and immediately hurls his spear straight at Ralph. He no longer cares about any morals, and his conscience is non- existent. ‘I meant that!’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  15. 15.  At the beginning, Jack likes the idea of severely punishing anyone who breaks the rules - at Castle Rock he is able to carry this out. We never find out why Wilfred is beaten - perhaps just to inspire awe amongst members of his tribe. ‘He’s going to beat Wilfred’Robert Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  16. 16.  Jack suggests to Ralph that they could use his choir as a group for hunting to provide meat. Here we see he has absolutely no hesitation - he knows exactly what he wants. ‘ - what do you want them to be?’ ‘Hunters.’ Ralph Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  17. 17.  Jack is always the one who is stressing the importance of hunting and providing meat for the boys. He is the one who keeps saying they could catch animals on the island, and immediately says that the choir will be the hunters, without consulting them. ‘We want meat!’Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  18. 18.  Jack spends time improving and developing his hunting techniques while Ralph works hard building shelters. He paints his face to camouflage it and talks of developing his spears so they work better. ‘If we could only make barbs -’ ‘We need shelters.’ Jack Ralph Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  19. 19.  A ‘madness’ comes into Jack’s eyes at the thought or mention of hunting. He tries to explain to Ralph how he feels a blood-lust, or a compulsion to kill. ‘...the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  20. 20.  This is as they are about to set out and hunt the ‘beast’ - Ralph Is reminding Jack that their goal is rescue. Hunting has become such an obsession for Jack, that he forgets about the fire and rescue. ‘Don’t you all want to be rescued?’Ralph Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  21. 21.  He is excited at the prospect of tracking down the beast. He sees this as a ‘real hunt’, as though all the hunting and slaughtering of pigs has just been a game, or practice for the real thing. ‘This’ll be a real hunt!’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  22. 22.  Jack lets the fire go out while he is out hunting, even though he volunteered the hunters’ services in keeping it alight from the beginning. They lose the chance of rescue, yet Jack does not see the seriousness of the matter. ‘We can light up again -’Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  23. 23.  While Jack claims that hunting is work for him, and that he is doing it to provide meat for the rest of the boys, Ralph points out that he enjoys hunting, and this is the real reason. ‘But you like it!...You want to hunt! Ralph Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  24. 24.  Castle Rock appeals to Jack as it seems to be a good fort for playing and having fun in. He is so short sighted mentally that he doesn’t stop to consider that there is no food or shelter for them here. ‘What a place for a fort!’Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  25. 25.  The main appeal of Jack’s new tribe is that they will have fun, feast , and hunt. They have no thought for the future and of being rescued - everything they do is for enjoyment. ‘We hunt and feast and have fun.’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  26. 26.  Jack is sarcastic when Ralph keeps Piggy from danger. Jack says that Ralph always favours Piggy - almost as though he is jealous. When they go exploring, Jack bluntly tells Piggy they don’t want him with them. ‘That’s right. Keep Piggy out of danger.’Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  27. 27.  Jack tells the others to leave Simon alone when he throws a faint - shows no concern towards Simon although Simon is under his command. He just says he’s always doing it. ‘He’s always throwing a faint,’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  28. 28.  When he fails to kill the first pig they come across, Jack is furious with himself. His face goes white and he feels embarrassed and ashamed that he couldn’t bring himself to do it. This makes him all the more determined to kill the next one. ‘I was choosing a place. Next time-!’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  29. 29.  Jack blushes with embarrassment when Ralph is elected chief and leader in favour of himself. He is so used to being a leader, that this really knocks his pride. ‘... And the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  30. 30.  Jack holds a vote to see who doesn’t want Ralph as chief. When this fails he cries with humiliation and leaves the other boys. His pride has suffered a blow and he cannot face the other boys after this failure. It also shows a very childish side to his character. ‘I’m not going to play any longer. Not with you.’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  31. 31.  He hates being criticised for letting the fire go out - this makes him guilty, then angry and aggressive. He takes this out on Piggy, the weaker character - hitting him and breaking his glasses. ‘Jack, faced at oncewith too many awfulimplications, ducked away from them’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  32. 32.  Jack triumphantly exhibits his power over his tribe when Ralph visits. He points out how they do whatever he wants and has complete control over them - he is in his element. ‘Give me a drink.’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  33. 33.  Jack makes a big deal of not being a coward - he wants to be seen as braver than all the others. He is often seen taunting others for being afraid. However at Castle Rock for the first time, when Ralph goes on, Jack hangs back. ‘Jack sneered at him.’ ‘Frightened?’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  34. 34.  By the time Jack forms his own tribe, he develops his painted face into a fully painted body, and he is like an ‘idol’ - almost as though the members of his tribe actually worship him. ‘...painted and garlanded, sat there like an idol.’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  35. 35.  Jack leads the procession of hunters back with their first pig they have killed. They have already developed a ceremonial, tribal hunters’ chant. ‘Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.’ Hunters Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  36. 36.  Jack gets his warriors to say this when he invites the others to his feast. It is all about impressing them and looking good. ‘The Chief has spoken’ Maurice & Robert Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  37. 37.  Jack has an idea which makes him look all the more awesome - to leave the pig’s head on a stick as an offering for the beast. ‘But we’ll leave part of the kill for-’ Jack Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013
  38. 38.  At the end of the novel.... ‘A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair and who carried the remains of pair of spectacles at his waist...’ Copyright © Iestyn Tyne 2013