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Lord of the Flies Critical Literary Essay Even apparently rational and civilized people will turn evil This is true with some characters in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding Jack and Ralph are two characters that demonstrate this theme in the novel In the beginning Jack appears to be rational and civilized He is first introduced into the story as the leader of the choirboys It seems as though he has a good sense of responsibility Jack along with Ralph and Piggy is a candidate for chief The other boys see them as having the most leadership qualities of all the boys Although Jack isnt chosen as chief he still demonstrates responsible and civil behavior Jack is placed in charge of the hunters and shows rational behavior by not killing a piglet He is not yet ready to cut into living flesh This proves he still has his humanity in him Jack begins to lose his civilized ways when a little boy introduces fear into the group by telling them he saw a really big snake that comes out in the dark Jack rallies the boys into the idea that they will kill the snake Once Jack kills a pig for the first time he becomes obsessed with hunting All Jack can think about is killing a pig He begins to show even more evil and irresponsibility when he puts clay and charcoal on his face to make himself camouflaged in order to kill a pig Jack leads the hunters in a chant Kill the pig Cut her throat Spill her blood LoF 69 Critic Frederick R Karl believes that the boys on the island lose their civilized ways in order to show reality of life Karl comments The stranded boys in Lord of the Flies for example almost entirely shake off civilized behavior What Golding senses is that institutions and order imposed from without are temporary
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