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by William Golding

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How does Jack's character change from the beginning of Lord of the Flies to the end?

Jack's character changes from the beginning of Lord of the Flies to the end by becoming more violent and psychotic. Initially, he seems like a pretty normal young boy. Free from adult supervision, he just wants to enjoy himself on the island. Over time, however, he develops into a ruthless, sadistic bully who engages in a bitter power struggle with Ralph. Soon, Jack becomes a vicious tyrant, ready to destroy anyone who gets in his way.

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At first, Jack appears to be quite a normal boy of his age. Normal that is for someone of his elite, privileged background. Arrogant, lazy, and with an innate sense of his own superiority, Jack is not exactly the best advertisement for the English public school system.

For all of Jack's negative personality traits, however, there's no real hint of what's to come later. He may not be the most pleasant of characters, but there's nothing to suggest that he'll develop into the crazed, psychotic dictator that he'll become later on.

Nevertheless, there are signs early on that Jack represents, at the very least, a danger to Ralph's rules-based system of order on the island. It's clear from the get-go that this island isn't big enough for the both of them. After Jack fails in his bid to be elected in Ralph's stead as leader, he realizes that the only way he can exercise power is through the establishment of a dictatorship.

Up until this moment, we've seen Jack become more and more enamored with...

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