Lord of the Flies

Identify signs of future conflicts.

Chapter 2

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Jack certainly is an agitator. Jack remains more interested in hunting and causing pain and disorder than in contributing or constructing anything of use. Golding also establishes Jack as a boy who tends to dominate. Jack's statement about the English being the "best at everything" also suggests his nationalistic impulses. Jack adheres to the colonial English position that depended on the perceived superiority of the British to justify the colonization and forced development of other peoples, foreshadowing his brutal behavior in subsequent chapters. His statement that they are "not savages" will, by the end of the novel, appear deeply ironic as Jack and his tribe devolve into unthinkable depths of brutality and self-destruction.