The moment the boys crash-landed

The moment the boys crash-landed on the island there were disputes over who was the best fit for chief of the island, but the two boys it came down to would fight it out until the end of the novel to see whos was the better fit chief. One of these two characters was Jack Meridew from William Golding's adventurous novel, Lord of the Flies. As the novel progresses there is a growing feud over the best fit chief and Jack finds different ways to eventually win the boys over, making him their chief. Jack is a cruel and savage boss that the boys give their attention to because they are afraid of the consequences. Jack uses deceptiveness throughout the novel to fool the other boys on the island to get what he wants from people and getting them to think what he wants them to think.

Deceitful. Throughout the novel, Jack uses deception to fool the other boys into thinking what he wants them to think and so he gets what he wants. When the boys first arrive on the island Jack immediately believes that he should be chief. The boys do not agree with him right away so Jack tries to deceive them by giving an excuse that is totally irrelevant to the job of being chief. As the choir halts in front of Ralph and the other littluns Jack, the head boy, says, “I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp”(Golding, 22). The information Jack gives to the boys is completely irrelevant, but because most of them are young he might think that they can be deceived easily, therefore giving Jack the position of power that he wants. But it does not work out that way because the boy's little minds aren’t persuaded by that stuff. In the story when Jack uses the face paint to conceal his looks he is in pursuit of deceiving the pig so that he can get a kill for the group of boys. This act of face painting may be implying that when jack has the face paint on he is a different person and the paint is hiding is actual self, making others view him as something he is not. When Jack and part of his tribe began to raid Ralph’s campsite for fire Golding narrates, “He was safe from shame or self-consciousness behind the mask of his paint and could look at each of them in turn” (140). Jack was raised as a schoolboy that followed the rules which is what probably got him the position of head boy, but as time went on on the island he began to lose all the order he had. When he raided the campsite and was hidden in all the face paint he was a different person to the boys and even himself. Concealing himself made Jack feel like he wasn’t a schoolboy anymore so he felt better about himself with all the things he has been doing. To the boys in Ralph’s camp Jack has turned full savage and the face paint represents that for them, it is a deception of his real personality.