Jack Merridew is the red-headed, freckle-faced controlling leader of the choir boys in Lord of the Flies. He has an authoritative air about him, since the choir follows his every command. "Inside the floating cloak, he was tall, thin and bony..." as he peers down at Ralph during their first meeting. He is rude to Piggy and shows unconcerned indifference to his suggestions. Jack later shows his barbaric side when he takes more than an abnormal interest in the hunt. His ruthless actions cause the other boys to fear him rather than admire him. In the end, he becomes nothing more than a murderous thug.