The break down of civilization often starts with obsession.
Jack’s seen as an antagonist in the Lord of the Flies and started out in the beginning of the book as an innocent civilized choir boy. This allowed him to accept and follow certain rules Ralph ordered. But later on when the boys were getting adapted to the forest and obtaining savagery behavior, Jack was starting to have an obsessive feeling towards certain situations which involves him to show his skill and bravery. One stage was during the Pig Hunting. In the fourth chapter, Jack was unable to catch and kill a pig and later obsesses to hunt for one to not seem weak in front of the boys. “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.(Golding 51)” As Jack increases his obsession of hunting the pig, he loses his civilized behavior and becomes more of a savage.
Golding’s purpose is for the reader to compare Jack’s evolution and behavior in his period of time which was during World War II. Which was a period of time where it was the time of exploration of human cruelty and where people experienced real life violence and corrupted societies which lead to many deaths of many people. Like Jack, when a person is obsessed with something, it leads to them not thinking right and doing the wrong thing. But what starts with obsession leads to insecurity.In the book, Jack seems insecure of his dignity and respect shown by others. This leads to him wanting power so they would respect him as a leader and not a coward.
Jack often talked violently about how he was going to kill the pig and commonly threatened Piggy. His insecurity caused him to resemble fear to people who entered his team later on in the story and made sure of it when he tortured children including Wilfred and Samneric. Another way Jack showed insecurity besides exhibiting fear was when he wore a mask during hunting.
“The chief was sitting there, naked to the waist, his face blocked out in white and red. The tribe lay in a semicircle before him. The newly beaten and untied Wilfred was sniffing noisily in the background.(Golding 160)” The mask allows Jack to perform a violent act against Wilfred that does not need to be explained to the boys since it gives Jack the power to put on violent displays in order to apply his authority and show fear in the boys making them know better than to cross him, which helps to prevent Jack in feeling insecure.