Lord of the Flies

On this island how does hatred lead to savagery

There is hatred on this island. How does it lead to savagery

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Golding calls hatred human nature. The children de-evolve from British school-boys (military to savages. Hatred is part of this progression. Jack, in particular, feels an intense hatred for Ralph. It is not so much Ralph but what he thinks Ralph can take away from hi. Jack craves power. When Ralph is voted chief, Jack is mortified. Jack's "hate on" for Ralph stems from his own insecurities. This is contagious. Most of the boys internalize Jack's feelings. They do not Know why they have become snarling savages but hate is buried somewhere in there. Perhaps the most telling point in the novel is when Ralph asks Jack, "why do you hate me?" Jack can not answer because he doesn't know.