Corruption’s Rise to Power Combined Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler killed 54 million people. This begs the question, why do people who are clearly corrupted and even murderous followed by many? William Golding in his novel The Lord of the Flies attempts to answer that question through his portrayal of the character, Jack. In the novel, a group of boys get stranded on an island and attempt to create a proper government. Initially a pure of heart child is chose in Ralph but this eventually changes when Jack decides to start his own tribe. This leads to the boys leaving Ralph for the preferable leader: Jack, who’s violence and intimidation entices the boys to join him. The boys live in constant fear of a beast that Jack also uses as a tool to garner support. William Golding shows that humans follow corrupt leaders because they provide protection, exude confidence and manipulate effectively. …show more content…
It is implied that when Jack convinces the boys to murder Simon that he knows the beast is just a figment of their imaginations. Despite this, Jack instills fear within the boys that the beast is still alive. “I expect the beast disguised himself.”(145) Here, to keep himself in power Jack tells the boys the beast is still alive despite knowing the truth. He uses his perceived knowledge of the beast to give himself an advantage over Ralph. Jack’s manipulation even is used to justify the death of Simon later. Simon is brutally murdered but Jack claims that the beast is just taking a different form rather than acknowledging the group’s wrong. The book suggests that Jack knows of the murder of Simon“This head is for the beast. It's a gift.”(146) In this instance Jack tells the boys that he somehow has control over the beast. This shows how Jack uses the beast to draw the children towards him as the leader of the group. He always desires to rule over the boys and the beast is his scapegoat to do
By saying the beast is alive atop the mountain and that it’s a hunter Jack uses fear to convince the boys that if someone like Ralph stays cheif they won’t be protected becuase he’s not a hunter. This is also shown after the ISIS terrorists attacks in France: “The coordinated attacks in Paris have fanned fears that terrorists could infiltrate the U.S. by slipping in among the refugees—as might have occurred in the case of one of the Paris attackers.” (Berman) This connects to “The Lord of the Flies,” becuase ISIS uses terorists attacks to impliment fear into peoples mindes in order to become stronger and more of a threat. Thanks to ISIS now “More than half of the nation 's governors—mostly Republicans—are now urging the federal government to keep Syrian refugees out of their states.”
Krisel E. Journal #3 So many tragic events happened in the last four chapters of the novel, and some would probably consider it as a happy ending, but I don’t. After all, the violence between the boys have gone way too far. For some reasons, I found myself dissatisfied about how it ended because I feel like it was very open, but somehow, I think that this is how the author wanted to conclude the novel. In chapter nine, Simon died.
By this point every child on the island has some belief that the beast is real and it is in the jungle. Jack uses this idea to ruin any hold on civilization the boys may have left. He leaves them worried and scared and the hold that Ralph had on them in the beginning fades quickly. He is longer able to control them or keep them safe from their nightmares. By the end of this chapter the boys slowly fade into Jacks group and thin only increases his savagery and furthers him from civilization.
Lastly, Jack is known as the rebel of the story who disagrees with the leaders, and is pure evil from middle to end. Although Jack is evil, his bad character trait ensures his survival and alliance with the boys. The first example of when Jack’s evilness is shown in the story is when Jack hunts the pig and puts its head on a stick, the line says “ Jack held the head up and jammed the soft throat down on the pointed end of the stick which pierced through into the mouth. He stood back and the head hung there, a little blood dribbling down the stick” ( Golding, 150). This shows Jack’s evilness because instead of fearing the beast he is offering him the head of the pig that he just brutally murdered.
By the time that Ralph and Piggy confront Jack’s tribe, Jack had assumed total control over his boys. He gave the boys meat and talked about killing the beast, so the boys felt like they wanted to be part of the tribe. He told the boys a complete lie as an attempt to make them dislike Ralph; “Ralph thinks you’re cowards, running away from the beast and the boar.” (Golding 143). However, Jack also scared the boys into staying in the tribe by beating Wilfred, showing his aggression and intent to hurt people who didn’t do what he wanted.
Fear drives these boys to follow a corrupt leader because they have their own self-interest in mind. When Jack gains power, he promises the boys what they desire. At first no one joins for fear of being an outcast, but the promise of desire, most of the boys being drawn to the meat Jack offers, soon draws the boys to join Jack. Once Jack is in power, he has a feast to show boys who haven't joined him that what they want is with Jack's tribe.
This action causes the boys to go into a savage frenzy , screaming, yelling, and mass chaos, all because Jack told them to do their dance. Their dance turned into ritual killing where all the boys, including Jack, ruthlessly stabbed and beat Simon repeatedly to death. Jack had caused the mass chaos and if he had never done that, Simon would still be alive and not a corpse at the bottom of the ocean. Jack and his tribe committed murder and only Ralph recognized it for what it was: “that was murder…. I wasn’t
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows the progression of absolute power, and how ambition can take over one's mind. Stranded on an island after their plane crashed, the boys create their own democracy with one absolute ruler, just like many other governments throughout history. The boys voted Ralph as their ruler, but Jack slowly starts to take some of Ralph’s power, and eventually usurps him as their chief. Lord of the Flies suggests that absolute power is corrupt, and that humans are overly ambitious in wanting to take power from the person who has the most of it. Just like any large group of people, the boys decide that they “ought to have a chief to decide things” (Golding 22).
One boy, Ralph was unwillingly thrust into power because of his attractiveness and easy-going personality, while a power hungry, cunning boy named Jack strives to rule them all. Power is an important concept in this novel as it causes most events to take place, such as it does in the world we live in. It causes wars, arguments, laws, and revolutions, but when the right
Leadership Abuse in Lord of the Flies The famous 17th century poet Jean de la Fontaine once said “Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.” When the children in Lord of the Flies find themselves stranded on a distant island with no adults to be found, they encounter many forms of power, hence encountering many forms of abuse of power as well. This power abuse can be organized by the two leaders who each ruled the island during their own periods. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding utilizes these leaders, Ralph and Jack, to illustrate how people in positions of power will abuse their power for personal gain when given the opportunity.
The desire for power is one of the strongest human drives. In Lord of The Flies by William Golding there is a constant struggle for power between the main characters, Ralph, Jack, and Piggy. Ralph has power because he was voted chief and uses his power in an ugly way. Jack is struggling to get out of Ralph's power and gain his own power. The boys’ struggle for power is an ugly struggle and the author uses this to demonstrate the ugly struggle for power that is human nature.
Jack uses the boy’s animalistic need to kill, and shapes it into a fear driven mob. Eventually Jack’s leadership eventually achieves what Ralph and Piggy had attempted to do since the start of the book. Get Rescued. “We saw your smoke. What have you been doing?