In the beginning of chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies, how does Golding describe Jack?

In the beginning of chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies, Golding describes Jack as being a tenacious, if arrogant, hunter. Physically speaking, he is described as having sandy hair, lots of freckles, a sunburn, and blue eyes.

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As chapter 3 opens, Jack is crouched down like a sprinter, carefully observing the environment in hopes of detecting evidence of pig movement. Jack is depicted as an intense, dedicated hunter, who is becoming comfortable in the forest and enjoys the thrill of the hunt over helping create a civil society. Golding references several animals to describe Jack, writing that he is "dog-like" and "ape-like" in his movements and actions. These references highlight Jack's diminishing humanity and increasingly primitive behavior.

Physically, Jack no longer resembles a typical British schoolboy. His sandy hair is considerably longer and his skin is significantly darker than it was before the crash. He is nearly naked and the only article of clothing he wears is a pair of tattered shorts, held up by his knife-belt. Throughout the story, the length of the boys' hair and clothing is used to gauge the level of their civility. Jack's appearance suggests that he is gradually embracing his primitive nature and devolving into savagery. This transition will become complete once he paints his face, liberating himself from shame, embarrassment, and responsibility.

As Jack creeps through the forest and looks for clues that indicate the presence of pigs, Golding writes that the frustration in his eyes makes him seem "nearly mad" to the point that he is "less a hunter than a furtive thing." Jack is portrayed as an irrational, hostile adolescent, which underscores his malevolent personality. Golding's description emphasizes Jack's affinity for hunting and gradual transformation into a threatening savage. Jack is depicted as a bloodthirsty, determined hunter whose primary agenda is killing a pig to satisfy his primitive desires.

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As chapter 3 opens, Jack is hunting. He is described as being bent over in a sprinter's stance. I would argue that his arrogance comes across pretty much immediately, as he stares at the faint impressions of the animals' trail and wishes that he could compel them to speak and give him more information.

We are also told that he is uncomfortable on all fours, which implies that in his normal life, prior to being stranded on this island, hunting is not an activity which would have been part of his life. We also learn, however, that his discomfort does not stop him. Jack is therefore described as determined and tenacious. He will allow nothing to come between him and his quest to kill a pig. He is also extremely observant, picking up even the smallest clue as to the pig's whereabouts.

In terms of his physical appearance, Jack is described as having sandy hair, which is getting longer as well as lighter. His back is covered in freckles, and he is peeling from a sunburn. He is clothed only in a pair of shorts, and he carries a sharpened stick, which is intended to be used as a weapon. In the following paragraph, we learn that his eyes are bright blue.

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In chapter 3, Jack is becoming obsessed with hunting. As the chapter opens, he is tracking a pig by himself. First he is described as a sprinter, a comparison that portrays him as goal-driven—ready to pour himself into an exhausting effort to reach the finish line—which for him is killing a pig. Next he is described as crawling on all fours "yet unheeding his discomfort." This also shows how focused he is; even physical pain does not deter him from his quest.

Golding describes his physical appearance: his hair is becoming bleached blond by the sun, and it is getting shaggy. He wears only shorts, and his back is sunburnt and full of freckles. He carries a sharpened stick for a spear.

Although Jack at first uses his mental abilities for tracking the pig, he begins relying more and more on his innate, animalistic senses, especially his sense of smell. His blue eyes "in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad." This also shows that his reason is giving way to instinct. When a bird startles him, his reflexes make him catch his breath, and he jumps back in an "ape-like" motion.

Golding's description of Jack in this section shows his obsession with hunting and his becoming less governed by reason and more governed by his five senses and instincts. This change makes it harder for Ralph to see eye-to-eye with him, especially when Jack can't seem to remember what rescue is.

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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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