Jack - Character Revision

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  • Jack
    • First Impressions
      • He has red hair - could represent his temperament.
      • Sounds quite evil and sinister at the start.
        • "The choir crawled along the beach like a creature."
      • "His cap badge was golden."
        • High-up and talented.
      • He doesn't care about others. Quite selfish.
        • "He's always throwing a faint."
          • Inconsiderate to Simon's epilepsy.
      • "He had a small sheathed knife."
        • The island's first danger!
    • Social Superiority
      • He doesn't regard himself like a child.
        • "Kids' names."
      • He could believe that because he was quite authoritative when in charge of the choir, he isn't regarded a child like the other boys.
        • "I'm Merridew."
          • Isn't spoken to by his first name, common to how boys talk to their teachers.
      • The choir seem to be dictated by Jack.
        • "The choir voted with dreary obedience."
          • They didn't vote through enthusiasm?! I wonder why...
      • "I ought to be chief. I am chapter chorister and can sing C sharp."
    • Jack is aggressive
      • He suggests the choir should be the hunters.
        • "We'll be hunters."
      • Jack jokes about killing a child when Robert says they need a pig to kill during their dance.
        • Regard littl'uns to be less important and significant.
        • "Let's use a littl'un."
      • He's inconsiderate and cruel towards Piggy.
        • "We mustn't let anything happen to Piggy, must we?" in a queer tight voice."
          • Mocks Ralph.
        • Breaks Piggy's glasses and punches Piggy in the stomach.
        • "Shut up - Fatty!"
    • Cannot bring himself to hunt at the beginning.
      • "The enormity of the knife cutting into living flesh."
      • "The unbearable blood."
      • Jack finds the thought of killing things immoral and cruel. So he cannot bring himself to do it.
    • Blood-thirsty
      • In the end, Jack becomes more hyped about killing than being rescued.
        • He let the fire go out to hunt a pig.
      • "compulsion to track down and kill."
      • "I'd like to catch a pig first."
      • He loses touch with his human civilisation side.
        • "painted and garlanded like an idol."
          • He doesn't want to be human. Tribe-like.
            • "Come on! Do our dance."
              • Ritual-like and frightening.
        • "Stark naked."
          • He won't wear clothes as this is what humans do.
        • "crouched.... dog-like"
          • Very animal-like and predatory.
        • "his laugh becomes a bloodthirsty snarl"
      • "We sacrifice the pig's head to the beast!"
    • Wants control
      • Megalomaniac! He wants power!
      • He uses the fact of the beast to control the children.
        • "If there is a beast, we'll hunt and kill it!"
      • "power chattered in his ear."
      • "Bollocks to the rules!"
        • Wants to break free from other people's authority.
      • Creates his own tribe.
        • "If you want to hunt and kill the beast, follow me."
      • "Give me a drink!"
      • "The conch doesn't work on this side of the island."

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