Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What are 3 quotations from the book that best describe Jack turning from civility and becoming savage? Give 3 examples.

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The first quote that I have in mind clearly shows Jack's initial desire for rules, order, and civility.  

"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything."

This quote comes from chapter 2, and it clearly shows that Jack is on board with things like having a leader, establishing rules, and people following rules.  Unfortunately for everybody involved, Jack does not enjoy following the rules that have been set forth by anybody other than him.  

I have two quotes in mind for showing Jack struggling with staying civil.  The first one is from chapter 3.  

[Jack] tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.

"I went on. I thought, by myself—"

The madness came into his eyes again.

"I thought I might kill." 

This shows that Jack's desire for savagery and killing is there.  It shows that it is building, but Jack is currently keeping it at bay.  In the next chapter, readers get a view...

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