Comment with special referance to Jack's transformation from civilization to barbarism:  "I agree with Ralph. We've got to have rules and obey them. "thank you

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jack says, "We've go to have rules and obey them.  After all, we're not savages" in the second chapter of Lord of the Flies (42).  At the beginning of the novel, Jack is very much entrenched in the idea maintaining order and keeping rules.  As head choir boy, he is used to being an authority figure for the other boys.  Jack's transformation from good English choir boy to savage hunter begins to shift as his self-perception changes.  When he and the other boys stop seeing themselves as choir boys and start identifying themselves as hunters, Jack's belief in maintaining social order also fades.  Only moments after declaring the need for rules, Jack assures Ralph:

"I'll split up my choir--my hunters, that is--into groups, and we'll be responsible for keeping the fire going--" (43).

Already, Jack's sense of identity and purpose has redirected its focus.  His new role as leader of the hunters will supplant his desire to maintain order with his need to kill and dominate.

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