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Lord of the Flies

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Jack and the Id

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Many critics believe that Lord of the Flies can and should be read as a symbolic representation of Freud's model of the brain. Imagine for a moment that you are composing an essay on Freudian ideas in this novel. Which of the following passages would be the strongest piece of evidence you could use to support your argument that Jack represents the Id, or embodiment of unrestrained desire, of the boys on the island?

A

"Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them.
He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling. He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness."

B

"He sought, charitable in his happiness, to include them in the thing that had happened. His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink."

C

"'You and your blood, Jack Merridew! You and your hunting! We might have gone home-'
Ralph pushed Piggy to one side.
'I was chief, and you were going to do what I said. You talk. But you can't even build huts - then you go off hunting and let out the fire-'
He turned away, silent for a moment. Then his voice came again on a peak of feeling.
'There was a ship-'"

D

"'You didn't ought to have let that fire out. You said you'd keep the smoke going-'
This from Piggy, and the wails of agreement from some of the hunters, drove Jack to violence. The bolting look came into his blue eyes. He took a step, and able at last to hit someone, stuck his fist into Piggy's stomach.
Piggy sat down with a grunt. Jack stood over him. His voice was vicious with humiliation.
'You would, would you? Fatty!'"

E

"'Now I only got one eye. Just you wait-'
Jack mimicked the whine and scramble.
'Just you wait -yah!'
Piggy and the parody were so funny that the hunters began to laugh. Jack felt encouraged. He went on scrambling and the laughter rose to a gale of hysteria. Unwillingly Ralph felt his lips twitch; he was angry with himself for giving way."