Throughout the novel there is a major change by each of the characters, but Jack stands out in this novel because of his want for blood.
He is ruthless and addicted to power and he always wants more. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Jack represents the darkness of mankind by killing Simon, cutting the pig’s head off, and turning the groups against each other.In the story Jack kills Simon because he lost his self-control.
Mankind shows its darkness through bad actions. When people lose control everything goes bad because they lose their composure. “Kill the Beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”(Golding 152). Losing your composure is the reason situations turn into either dangerous, awkward, or go straight to hell. It is pure darkness when there is no self-control or civilization.
The darkness of mankind is shown in the inhumane way of overkill. Jack shows overkill when he cuts the sow’s head off. It is pure evil and no one should be so inhumane when it comes to taking the life of another species or being.
“This head is for the beast. It’s a gift.”(Golding 137). If something is already dead be grateful for the kill.
The thing about humans is they don’t know when to stop. It’s never good enough for people. When things aren’t good enough people go to the inhumane way of doing the unnecessary.Jack was constantly turning the group against each other and trying to betray people. This shows that people will go to any distance to get what they want, and don’t care who they hurt or how they hurt them. “Me and my hunters, we’re living along the beach by a flat rock.
“(Golding 140). People are actually selfish if they don’t get their way, and even the most mature act like children. Jack shows the darkness of mankind by his cruelty, being inhumane, and selfish. The darkness of mankind is in everyone. Whether we all see it or not, it sometimes is in the people we least expect it to be in.