How does Golding present Jack as savage and violent in Lord of the Flies?
There is a great deal of change within jack over the course of Lord of the Flies, he begins the books seeming to be a positive influence on the boys small society but his character slowly develops into being a sort of antagonist figure, or at the very least a “negative” influence, a figure seeped in tribal violence and savagery.
Golding uses animalistic imagery in his description of jack, for example “ape-like” and “hiss” The simile Ape-like suggests a theme of devolution within jack. Of him losing his very humanity as he develops (based on the theory of evolution and humans sharing a common ancestor with monkeys etc.). His devolution into an ape represents a change towards a more primitive nature, and possibly violent due to the lack of sentience. The metaphor "hiss" compares Jacks speech to a snake, an animal that commonly has negative connotations, such as lies, deceit and simple evil. These connotations are primarily derived from the genesis book of the bible, in which the snake tempts eve into sinning and results in both Adam and eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The snake in the genesis story is believed to be Satan taking the form of a snake; while extreme it is possible that Golding is comparing Jack to The Devil himself, the literal manifestation of evil and sin. Else the reference to the snake could be a comparison of Adam and Eves fall from grace to Jacks own fall.
Another good example of Jacks “fall” is in the two parallel scenes Golding uses to show the violence and savagery in Jack. This quote, "A sharpened stick about five feet long trailed from his right hand, and except for a pair of tattered shorts held up by his knife belt, he was naked.", is easily contrastable with the description towards the beginning of the book of jack and the other choir boy’s uniforms. Clothing as a whole Golding uses to serve as a metaphor for society, and clothes do fit this role,...