Lord of the Flies: How Jack Represents the Id
Jack starts off as leader for the choir boys until Ralph is voted chief which Jack is upset due to his ambition for power. These are reasons why jack can be seens as the id in Lord of the Flies. Jack is more focused on survival more than being rescued and he does whatever he pleases. For instance, when Jack left to go hunting, the signal fire was left to go out which lead to the passing ship, a potential rescue failing. Jack tries to turn the boys against Ralph by questioning Ralph’s leadership. Jack disobeys the rules by speaking without the conch and makes a scene, “And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing I’m chief. I was chosen. Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don’t make any sense Piggy’s got the conch (Golding 152). Another proof Jack is the id in Lord of the Flies is because he shows no empathy for others, such as piggy. Jack decides to take Piggy’s glasses because he wants fire even though Ralph’s group would have shared their fire. “That was Jack and his hunters, said Ralph bitterly. Why can’t they leave us alone?’…The chief led then, trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth, and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses” (Shakespeare 938). Therefor, this is evidence that proves jack is the id in Lord of the Flies.
The character that represents ego in Lord of the Flies is Ralph. Ralph is initially a good leader by establishing the authority of the conch. There are many ways you can see Ralph is the ego and being stuck between jack as the id and piggy as the superego is one. Early in the book, Ralph is showing a representation of ego by doing the responsible thing and standing up to Jack when he lets the signal fire go. This in direct quote proves Ralph thinks sensible in situations. Therefore, Ralph is to be seen as the Ego.