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Lord of the Flies - Is Jack to blame for the deaths on the island?

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies - Is Jack to blame for the deaths on the island?

Is Jack to blame for the deaths on the island? Lord of the Flies Jack is introduced to us as “Merridew,” the leader of the choir boys. Under his leadership, Simon faints in the hot sun.
His cruel side also shines through
when he soon makes fun of Piggy.
Page 28 - "Shut up, Fatty." He has always been focused on killing throughout the book First Impressions Page 41 – “You cut a pig’s throat to let the blood out”


Page 43 – “Before I could kill it – but – next time!”

Page 48 – “But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it.”

Page 65 – The madness came into his eyes again “I thought I might kill” He was partly to blame for the death of the boy with the birthmark Page 53 – "Jack snatched the glasses of his face." "Jack knelt too and blew gently, so that the smoke drifted away, thickening, and a tiny flame appeared."
Page 58 – "Jack dragged his eyes away from the fire"
Page 59 – 'Jack turned on him' "You shut up!" Jack created the hunters/weapons Page 31 - “Jack’s in charge of the choir. They can be – what do you want them to be?”
“Hunters”
Page 187 – ‘The hunters took their spears,’
Page 188 – ‘The sticks fell and the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed.’ Jack started the ritual that killed Simon Page 187 – Jack leapt on to the sand. “Do our dance! Come on! Dance!” Jack has moments of pure inhumane blood thirst Page 61 - 'Jack was bent double. He was down like a sprinter, his nose only a few inches from the humid earth.'

Page 65 – 'The madness came into his eyes again'

Page 141 – 'Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife.'

Page 142 – Jack inappropriately jokes about using a littlun as a pig to kill. "You want a real pig," said Robert, still caressing his rump, "because you've got to kill him." "Use a littlun," said Jack. Jack is very similar to WWII dictators Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler Jack and Stalin:
• Both were power abusing dictators
• Both used fear and violence to manipulate the loyalty of their supporters

Jack and Hitler:
All of the above, plus,
• Both were loyal to their followers
• Both persuaded their followers they had a common enemy
•He is described to have red hair and a black cap which are both colours in the Nazi symbol Ruled the USSR (a.k.a Russia)
1929-1953 Ruled Germany 1933-1945 In summary, Jack is to blame for the deaths on the island because: He helped start the fire then didn't watch it to make sure it was safe

He took the innocence of the choir and made them violent killers

His irresponsible actions corrupted the rest of the group

He started the ritual

Throughout the book, he is focused on killing, which must of influenced the rest of the boys too
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