Jack as an Animal William Gilding, author of Lord of the Flies, intends for the reader to view Jack as an animal because the longer the boys are on the island the more they are becoming like a savage. First, the author uses a simile. As Jack is hunting for pigs, the author writes, “Then dog-like, uncomfortable on all fours yet unheeding his discomfort,” (48). The simile in this passage is Jack on all fours like a dog. Since Jack is a human, he walks on two feet, not four legs. This gives the reader the sense that Jack is an animal and is crawling on all fours.
It s animal like because humans do not hunt on four legs. Humans only have two legs; therefore, Jack is trying to act as an animal. Additionally, the author uses diction. As Jack is hunting in the forest, the author writes, “He was down like a sprinter, his nose only a few inches from the humid earth,” (48). The diction in this passage is Jack hunting with his nose. Since humans do not normally hunt with their noses, it gives the reader the sense that Jack is an animal. Instead of using his eyes to hunt he is using his nose to track down a pig like an animal would.
This shows that Jack acts more like an animal than a human. Gildings point in showing this is that Jack is becoming savage because he no longer has human like qualities and values. Lastly, the author uses a simile to convey that Jack is an animal. As Jack is hunting down the pig the author writes, “Jack himself shrank at this cry with a hiss of indrawn breath, and for a minute became less a hunter than a furtive thing, ape-like among the tangle of tree,” (49). The simile in this passage is Jack using animal like features to hunt.
Since humans do not hiss like a snake while hunting or act like an ape, it gives the reader sense that Jack is no longer a human. Snakes are known for being liars, and evil. In this story Jack is like a snake in the way that he tempts the others to join him in his hunt for pig meat. It is savage because crawling around and making hissing noses trying to hunt for pigs like an animal would is not what a humans would do while hunting. Humans use their eyes, and ears to hunt for animals. The author is trying to convey the readers that Jack is an animal.