Not only can they change who they are, but they can also manipulate what they symbolize within their acting. They also show the degeneration of the island civilization, turning from the 'choir' to the 'hunters' and finally to the 'savages'. Jack Merridew Jack was the leader of the choir at the boys' old school and competes with Ralph for the position of "alpha male" on the island.
This is realistic because he knew that people would find out the plane crashed and come looking for them. When Ralph hunts a boar for the first time, however, he experiences the exhilaration and thrill of bloodlust and violence.
Ralph starts to lose his authority when Jack begins to openly challenge him.
In his very complicated and diverse novel Golding brings out many ideas and uses many literary devices. As one reads this novel, he or she will begin to recognize the way basic civilization is slowly stripped away from the boys as conflict between civilization and savagery arises