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  • Jack
    • Appearance
      • 'Inside the floating cloak he was tall, thin and bony; his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled and ugly without silliness. Out of the face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now.'
        • He is scrawny
        • The colour red can be associated with fire and the devil.
        • Jack's eyes are used throughout the novel to show his emotions.
          • Blue eyes could be associated with innocence and being childlike.
          • 'The madness came into his eyes'
        • Contrasts with description of Ralph.
          • Ralph is 'fair' and 'attractive' whereas Jack is a redhead with 'frustrated eyes'
            • This helps to immediately set Jack apart as an antagonist because he is ugly and angry.
      • His appearance is described again at the end of the book
        • 'A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair and who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist, started forward, then changed his mind and stood still.'
          • Although he has killed people and turned savage, the reader is reminded here that he is still a child.
          • This is what the naval officer sees.
          • Similar to description to the one at the start.
    • Speech
      • 'This was the voice of one who knew his own mind,'
        • He is stubborn and a natural leader.
        • 'The offhand authority in Merridew's voice.'
      • 'Shut up, Fatty'
        • Jack, like many of the boys, is dismissive of Piggy because he is fat. He is not interested in what he has to say.
      • Jack is bossy towards the other boys, especially the choir boys at the start.
        • He is used to being the boss.
          • He thinks he should be chief.
            • 'Because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.'
              • He is used to being the boss.
                • He thinks he should be chief.
                  • 'Because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.'
                    • He is applying the rules of the society he came from.
                  • '"I ought to be chief" said Jack with simple arrogance.'
              • He is applying the rules of the society he came from.
            • '"I ought to be chief" said Jack with simple arrogance.'
      • 'His voice was vicious with humiliation.'
        • Jack is easy to anger.
          • 'Vicious' likens him to a wild animal.
      • Jack's speech level deteriorates throughout the book.
        • 'Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.'
          • This chant is ritualistic and simple, it shows the breakdown of the civilised choir boys into savages.
      • 'His laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling.'
        • 'Snarling' is usually used to describe a wild or vicious animal. This statement shows Jack's transition from a school boy to something more savage and inhuman.
    • Behaviour
      • At the start, Jack appears to want to establish rules.
        • 'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages.'
          • At the start, Jack is proud to be civilised and English, however by the end he has completely disregarded the rules he helped to set up and become what he said he wasn't.
            • The situation and environment has brought out aspects of his personality that he didn't know he had.
      • 'The boy who controlled them.'
        • He is already the leader of the hunters and so expects to automatically be the leader of the other boys.
          • He is a cruel leader.
            • He refuses to let the boys sit down until Simon actually faints.
              • 'He's always throwing a faint'
                • Jack is dismissive and doesn't care if Simon is okay.
      • Fails to kill a pig at the end of chapter 1.
        • This makes him determined to succeed next time.
          • 'Compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up'
            • Jack uses the excuse of getting meat for the boys to satisfy his urge to kill.
            • He has a basic human instinct to hunt.
          • He paints his face (camouflage) so that he can catch pigs more easily.
            • 'The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.'
              • The hunter's mask is like a new identity for Jack and it allows him to be more confident.
              • He can completely detach himself from civilisation and remove all traces of the society he was once part of.
    • Opinion of others
      • The choir boys.
        • 'Wearily obedient.'
          • They are used to being bossed around by Jack although they don't like it.
            • 'Some began to protest faintly.'
      • Ralph is voted in as leader rather than Jack because he is more attractive and had the conch.
        • The choir boys are the only ones who vote for Jack.
          • 'With dreary obedience the choir raised their hands.'
            • 'Wearily obedient.'
              • They are used to being bossed around by Jack although they don't like it.
                • 'Some began to protest faintly.'
          • The choir boys.
        • Piggy
          • Anxious of Jack from the start.
            • 'Intimidated by this uniformed superiority.'
        • Ralph
          • At the start Ralph tries to compromise with Jack
            • They work well as a team and there is potential for them to get on well.
              • 'Jack and Ralph smiled at each other with shy liking'.
            • However Ralph becomes increasingly frustrated by Jack's disregard for the rules in favour of hunting etc.
              • "Bollocks to the rules".

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