In Lord of the Flies, explain how Jack begins to change between chapters 1-5 to 6-7, using quotes?

1 Answer | Add Yours

lentzk's profile pic

Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

In the beginning of the novel, Jack is very much tied to civilization.  He originally appears still dressed in his formal choir robes with the rest of the choir dutifully trailing behind him.  When debating about leadership and rules, Jack interjects:

"We'll have rules [...] lots of rules!  Then when anyone breaks 'em--" (33).

Jack demonstrates both his appreciation for rules and authority in the way that he controls the choir and uses his position as 'head chorister' to dominate the younger boys.  As the novel progresses, however, Jack loses his focus on the old, civilized world as he becomes enamored with hunting.  When he dons the paint for the hunt, he transforms into a savage hunter.  Jack's shift from choir boy to savage becomes even more apparent when he dismisses the authority of the conch:

"Conch! Conch!" shouted Jack.  "We don't need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things" (101-102). 

Jack denies the very rules and authority that he used to whole-heartedly support.  He has shed his choir robes and replaced them with the paint and mask of a savage.  Rules and the authority of his former life have completely lost all meaning to him.


We’ve answered 317,799 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question