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In the begining of chapter 3 how does Golding describe Jack ?

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sweetcheekss | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM via web

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In the begining of chapter 3 how does Golding describe Jack ?

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lffinj | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted September 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies, Jack is going through a great transformation which is evident by his change in dress and actions.  At the beginning of this chapter, Jack is bent over, hunting, and acting like an animal.  "Then dog-like, uncomfortably on all fours yet unheeding his discomfort he stole forward five yards and stopped."  Golding is comparing Jack to a dog who is on the prowl.  "He closed his eyes, raised his head and breath in gently with flared nostrils..."  Jack is down on the ground and is only wearing shorts and carrying a sharpened stick - his spear.  Golding also states that Jack acts "ape-like among the tangle of trees."  The imagery that is used to describe Jack is not that of a young, cultured, British boy, but rather one who is quite comfortable behaving like a savage hunting his prey.

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