Jack changed a lot throughout the novel. He is a perfect example of loss of innocence. At the beginning of the book he seems just like a normal kid in a school choir and by the end of the novel he becomes a ruthless murderer and a power hungry tyrant.
In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Jack represents loss of innocence by being in constant conflict with Ralph, stealing from others, and becoming obsessed with killing.Ralph and Jack never seem to accept each other. They always come into conflict, especially when it comes to making decisions. They can’t just let one or the other make a decision without arguing about it.
Jack also doesn’t like that Ralph is the leader of the group and he isn’t. Ralph and Jack always get into arguments and Jack said, “The best thing we can do is get ourselves rescued…” Then Ralph also said, “So long as your hunters remember the fire,” (Golding 53). After Ralph said this him and Jack yelled at each other for a bit longer. They both disagreed on what was more important, keeping the fire going or continuing to hunt for food and continue to kill pigs. Both of them were not very good leaders at all, they completely ignored the needs of the people and all they cared about where themselves. They constantly forgot about the people they were leading.
A lot of the issues in the book were caused because Jack and Ralph couldn’t agree to be leaders together.Jack was so fed up of Ralph he decided to force his choir boys to leave Ralph and his group and decided to create their own little community where Jack was the supreme leader. After they left they found out they didn’t have the necessary supplies to have their own community. They needed fire, so Jack decided that they would steal Piggy’s glasses from him.
This happened while they were stealing the glasses, “Far off along the bowstave of the beach, three figures trotted toward the castle rock. The chief led them, trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses,” (Golding 296).
Jack has changed from a respectful boy to a thief in a matter of weeks. He has completely lost his innocence. On Jack’s island he forced people to do things for him and he become a tyrant, ” Before the party had started a great log had been dragged into the center of the lawn and Jack, painted and garlanded, sat there like an idol. There were piles of meat on green leaves near him, and fruit, and coconut shells full of drink,” (Golding 149).
The choir boys treated Jack like a king and he loved it. Near the start of the book Jack attempted to kill a pig and couldn’t bring himself to kill it, showing his innocence he then promised himself that next time he was in that situation he was going to make sure he killed the pig. Ralph thought, “Jack tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up. I went on.
I thought, by myself. The madness came into his eyes again. I thought I might kill,” (Golding 37). Jack was completely overwhelmed with the urge to kill things. All he wanted to do was hunt with the choir boys. Instead of attempting to get rescued and keep the fire up he just wanted to hunt.
At this point Jack has completely lost his innocence he has become completely overwhelmed with killing. He even caused the boys to murder simon, because they thought he was the beast, “The circle became a horseshoe. A thing was crawling out of the forest. It came darkly, uncertainty.
The shrill screaming that rose before the beast was like a pain. The beast stumbled into the horseshoe.Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood,” (Golding 152).
His group murdered Simon, because they were all obsessed with killing. Overall Jack has became a complete savage, he has lost his innocence three times over. At the beginning of the novel he was a sweet innocent boy who loved to sing and by the end he became a power hungry tyrant. This shows that people will turn into nasty things when life forces them to grow up too fast and lose their innocence.