SparkNotes: Lord of the Flies: Antagonist Jack Merridew is the main antagonist in Lord of the Flies. Jack swung with his fist at Ralph and caught him on the ear. Jack is the only character in any version of the story to have his first and last name given; all the other boys are known by first names only, or by a nickname in Piggy's case. He may be an epileptic. He is sixteen, two years older than Ralph, and has blond hair. He is the only character to knowingly kill someone on his own i. He also represents sadism, bloodlust and cruelty to the extreme.
When Ralph hunts a boar for the first time, however, he experiences the exhilaration and thrill of bloodlust and violence. He often refers to his auntie who it is assumed he used to live with. He isn't a perfect and we don't know anything about him. The absence of adults seems to promise freedom causing them to realise that they are now responsible for themselves and each other. Jack was nowhere near Roger and he didn't tell him to do it.
Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger. They often feel this is a huge accomplishment and decides to do so for their own personal pleasure and social standings. He is the Jesus-like figure in the story, and his meeting with the Lord of the Flies and his subsequent death could be considered equal to certain events in the Bible Jesus' temptation by Satan and subsequent crucifixion. Ralph himself does not try to get picked, but modestly accepts being designated as being in charge. In addition, it is important to note that in earlier human history, people with epilepsy were seen as having greater religious powers or some type of connection to a higher or greater power. Elected the leader of the boys at the beginning of the novel, Ralph is the primary representative of order, civilization, democracy, and productive leadership in the novel. He is also continually linked with images of light, nature and beauty throughout the novel.
Analysis: Jack's transformation from civilized bully to savage killer has begun. Although Jack has overthrown him he fears that Ralph will eventually regain control. Now all alone, he is hunted by the hunters as they ignite the island into flames, burning him out. He is three ranks higher than Jack despite being two years younger. Unlike in the 1990 film, Ralph is initially somewhat disdainful of Piggy- the 1990 version has Ralph immediately stand up for Piggy and reprimand others, including Jack, for mocking him.
He is furious when he loses the election to Ralph and continually pushes the boundaries of his subordinate role in the group. He starts hunting for a supposed beast without realizing that the evil beast was one of them. By now, Jack has lost almost half of his civilized self. Jack is more interested in having fun than survival. This version of Ralph adheres more closely to that of the book overall.
Piggy Piggy is a fat, shy twelve-year-old boy who has asthma; he is the only one who knows how to correctly pronounce asthma. Quote: By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell. He is first described as a voice, and he remains the voice of reason throughout the book. Oddly enough, Jack is one of the only boys whose last name is learned. In other words, the beast does eat pig, metaphorically speaking.
Although people could say that he killed Simon. This is evident from in chapter 1 when he is first introduced. In the story, a group of boys finds themselves stranded on an island with no direction and has to do what they can to survive before they can be rescued. One possibility is that a person develops into a murderer through their upbringing, and present situation. In comparing these two, the character of Jack in the story appears similar to that of Hitler. They are the most obvious example of loss of innocence. The opaque, mad look came into his eyes again.
It further permits his safe passage into the savage lifestyle while hidden under the facelessness and anonymity of the paint mask. Piggy is the only character whose hair has not grown. They also don't really have a very constructive role in the island society. We'll put on paint and sneak up;. Jack in this version speaks faster than his British counterpart in the 1963 film does, and more often.