What does Jack look like in Lord of the Flies?

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To put it bluntly, Jack is described as unattractive. Golding tells us that he has a tall, lanky build and that he is “thin and bony.” He has red hair, a freckled face that is described as “crumpled.” The phrase “ugly without silliness” is used to describe him. That implies that he is ugly without any endearing features to redeem his appearance. He has pale blue eyes, which are described as quick to flash with anger. Since Jack quickly adopts the role of antagonist in this story, his fiery red-headed appearance seems to fit with this.

A distinction develops between the way the other boys see Jack and how he is seen by readers of the book and the officer at the end of the book. Readers may see Jack as a gangling boy wearing rather silly clothes. To the other boys, however, he appears to be a ruthless savage.

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Jack is not a good-looking boy. He is described as having red hair and blue eyes, with plenty of freckles, and a face that looks "crumpled." Golding says his face is "ugly without silliness." By this one can infer that Golding means that Jack is ugly in an unpleasant way. Some boys might be considered ugly, but if they have a silly or good-natured look as well, their ugliness can even be appealing. This was not the case with Jack. Not only is Jack's face not attractive, but his body type is not impressive. He is "tall, thin, and bony." Nevertheless, he is the leader of the choir boys, a position he has most likely garnered because of his singing ability. Some of Jack's jealousy toward Ralph may be due to Jack's self-consciousness about his looks, especially compared to Ralph. Ralph's "size and attractive appearance" win him the approbation of the boys, who vote him in as chief. 

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