“Power is dangerous. It attracts the worst and corrupts the best.” When the young boys first gathered after the crash, they were civil, mostly well behaved boys until the need for power took advantage of them. Two crucial symbols from the novel are the sow’s head and the conch shell. Each of these symbols represent power however, their powers have different meanings. The demand for power thrived on their souls and drove them to their breaking points.
Piggy knew that everyone would choose Ralph for his looks and obscure body so he hesitated to raise his hand but in the end went with majority which declared Ralph the leader of the boys. Jack was very down and disappointed that he didn’t get chosen, this was very dramatic in the book as well as the movie. A very intense scene that really grabbed my attention was at the end of
All at once the crowd swayed toward the island and was gone—following Jack.” (38), that the boys find Jack’s cunning offer of immediate gratification more compelling. Through meat and the beast, Jack draws the boys into activities more interesting than building shelters and watching over the fire. He knows exactly what the boys are drawn to, and is able to manipulate them into following him by focusing on immediate gratification. Towards the end of the book, Ralph’s group of followers dwindles as more boys turn to Jack as their new chief, and we see the symbol of the conch losing power, and Ralph doubting it’s authority - “If I blow the conch and they don’t come back; then we’ve had it.” (92). Jack’s gain of power and leadership greatly affects the community, making his group more and
Led by Ralph, the boys set rules, hold assemblies and assign jobs. However, as their time on the island grows most boys drift away from their civilized origin. Eventually, one of the older boys named Jack creates his own tribe of bloodthirsty savages that were once innocent schoolboys. This contrast between the influence that the isolation of the island has on Ralph and Jack is accurately represented by Leonard Sydney Woolf quote that “anyone can be a barbarian; it requires terrible effort to be or remain a civilized man”. The passage relates to the theme of savagery in Lord of the Flies through Ralph’s struggle to lead the boys in remaining civilized and Jack’s fall into a life of savagery.
On the island, he is burdened with responsibilities such as leadership and organization. Despite Jack encouraging and pressuring his inner savage to come out, Ralph continues to contribute to the enhancement of society. Even after partaking in Simon’s murder and acting savagely, he does not fully give himself over to it. Ralph instantly feels remorse and guilt for his actions: essential human qualities. Golding makes this evident and describes, “Ralph, cradling the conch, rocked himself to and fro” (Golding 157).
The conch, though, is not inherently a corrupting influence. It is only a symbol of power, the true corrupter, for the boys, one that wanes throughout the book and is finally destroyed near the story’s climax. Also, the somewhat democratic system of speaking only when one has the conch, while resulting in some conflict, ensured that one person would rarely become too powerful. Another way that power leads to negative consequences in, “Lord of the Flies,” is Jack’s rise to power as a despotic ruler through the exploitation of fear, a rise that also has parallels to Adolf Hitler’s in
Conch can represent respect of the boys because at the beginning of the story person who hold the conch is only one who can speak, but when jack became the dictator; he is the most powerful boy on the island; he destroys the conch violently. The power of Jack destroys respect of other boys. Jack also use his power in many brutal ways including punishment. For instance, Roger and Robert say “‘He’s going to beat Wilfred.’ ‘What for?’ Robert shook his head doubtfully. “I don’t know.
However, the satisfaction in his civilized society rapidly deteriorates, and Ralph can no longer uphold the civilization which provided security to the boys. The power struggle proceeds to chaos, an ethical war between the civil mindset in which these British boys were raised, and the savagery which lies within. Moreover, the island erodes the morals and principles of the boys to reveal the darkness of their intrinsic nature. The role of leadership therefore falls on Jack’s shoulders, as he provides an outlet for these boys to express this shift in their morality. His leadership is embraced by the boys, even Piggy and Ralph, who opposed his cruel and unusual leadership were “eager to take a place in this demented, but partly secure society.“ (pg.167).
Likewise, the monster is, at first, seen to be a being of peace, despite all the wrong humans have done to him. His consistent helping and admiration of humans makes the reader think he will always be a peaceful being. He could have used his kind actions to help the world, and even help the cottagers poverty; however, he quickly vows to destroy all humans. Thanks to Mary Shelley, the reader can learn that one should ponder on later actions instead of simply following their first, natural
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Leadership is one of the themes that William Golding uses throughout his novel, Lord of The Flies. Although some characters show potential for leadership, Piggy’s potential is incomparable. Piggy displays the most luminous potential for leadership in Lord of the Flies in view that he abide by what is morally right, and has strong intellectual brainpower. Piggy has the most potential for leadership because he is justful and righteous. There was a small boy, with a “mulberry-colored” birthmark on his face, who wanted to speak to the assembly, but Ralph didn’t give him the conch, and as a result the boy started weeping.