First of all, in Lord of the Flies, William Golding demonstrates selfishness from the theme of power. Power is one of the factors that can make people express their selfishness. In Lord of the Flies of William Golding, boys decide to elect their leader who will earn the power to control the group of boys. At the beginning of the story, Ralph is chosen to be the leader of the boys, while Jack is appointed to be the leader of the hunter. Jack and his hunters think that they are the special group of boys because they have the most significant duty.
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).
Jack’s influence among the boys has been gradually growing, and calling his own meeting grants him with more immediate power than he has ever had before. Jack instantly abuses this power by unjustly criticizing Ralph and challenging his authority, demonstrating that no one on the island can hold a position of power without quickly abusing it. Shortly after, Jack forms his own band of hunters, giving him even more power to toy around with, and it doesn’t take long for him to begin to abuse it. For what appears to be no reason, Jack decides that he’s “Going to beat Wilfred…. He got angry and made [the other boys] tie Wilfred up.”
Readers know that Jack, who represents brutality and the hunger for power, is constantly trying to overthrow Ralph for his position as leader. However, even Jack respects the conch at first, though it represents the exact opposite of his character. Simon is the only person that symbolizes true purity and goodness. He is only one who understands that the island is changing them and that their fear of the beast will eventually cause them to develop into beasts themselves. The conch, much like Simon, represents morality and harmony.
Palpatine led Anakin to want to end the Jedi, so he could be the most powerful and so he could save Padme. All of this occured because of one poor choice that he made because he was impatient. Similarly, Oedipus made very reckless and impatient decisions throughout the play, where he, just like Anakin, though that he could escape the punishment. Most importantly, when he was confronted by Teiresias he completely ignored his words and reasoning. Teiresias stating that the prophecy was correct, that he did kill his
Without adult supervision on the island, the boys must guide themselves through their weaknesses. They act out as uncontrolled, dangerous boys to cover up their insecurities. By acting as strong, ruthless killers, the boys look stable and invincible to the others. In order to appear strong, boys in Lord of the Flies exploit the weaker boys and conceal their own insecurities.
Jack thrives for control. Numerous times throughout the novel, he attempts to turn the boys against Ralph, the original head chief. He controls the boys, kills animals, and aids in killing Simon and Piggy. Jack ultimately overpowers Piggy and Simon, by helping with their death, much like the Id can overpower the superego. Jack decided killing is a higher priority than getting off the island, he shows that when he says, “Rescue?
The reason why Squealer manipulates information and strategically sides with Napoleon, which is why Napoleon gains power, is because he, too, has a desire for power and control over the masses. Squealer takes advantage of the masses by tricking them into thinking that superiority is a pleasure. He does not want them to know about their luxuries because it will lead to his loss of power. The pigs are intellectuals, so in their favor, they are able to come up with ways to hid the fact that they are hoarding the good things on the farm. “Comrades, you do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege?
William Golding’s book “Lord of the Flies” represents man’s struggle with authority, by creating a variety of characters with different points of view he is able to portray what happens when there is no one around to enforce the “law of the land”; Ralph is one of these characters, he represents a civil society with rules and laws to follow, he is intelligent and has more common sense than most of the group knowing that by building a shelter and starting a fire they would increase their chances of being rescued. In the end the group of boys turn on him (except for Piggy and Simon who both die in brutal ways) and it becomes fight or flight for Ralph as he is now alone on the island before ultimately running into the soldier.
The book, “Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding feature two main characters, Ralph and Jack. Ralph and Jack are the same as in they are the only leaders on the island but mainly Ralph is in charge. As the story progresses Jack becomes more focused on hunting and killing while Ralph is more focused on being rescued and making sure the other boys are getting their work done. Ralph consistently does the right thing and this quickly starts interfere with Jack’s selfish and irritable ways.
This vicious behavior also supports golding 's theme because the more free reign and control he received the more brutal he became. This situation also goes with jacks behavior as well. Jack "celebration" where the boys we 're dancing around the pigs head on a steak doing a reenactment of the killing of the pig gradually becomes out of control the more the boys start to join in , And Eventually someone gets killed. This supports golding 's theme because it proves that if put in a certain environment with enough freedom humans will eventually start to let out their flawed ways because their is nothing keeping from it. I know that after conducting research golding 's idea about flawed human nature is correct, and I believe that if the right environment and freedom brings out the flaws in the nature of a human, then humans should become more aware of their flawed nature.
The painted boys moved around Samneric”(Golding 178). He tells the boys to enslave Samneric, and they do as he says. Jack says “grab them” and they “moved around Samneric” showing that he is ordering them to do what he wants. Jack very clearly parallels to Hitler’s ways of controlling his army because he “invaded” other countries to enslave their “inferior population”. In addition to that, Hitler also became accustomed to killing people, and it almost was systematic.
Humans often love the idea of crime and adventure, but live to mundane of lives to actually experience these thrills. People almost get emotionally involved in the lives of these anti-hero character just for the buzz and pleasure of the dangerous endeavors the characters associate with. For example, Walter White from “Breaking Bad” breaks free from his boring and average life to become the most feared and threatening drug lord of all. People love to watch this show with no notion of wanting to become him, but with every intention of associating with the excitement of his new life. Middle class working men love the idea of becoming someone who is feared and dreaded, but they would never muster up the courage to actually become this person.
Since the beginning of the novel, Jack wanted Ralph to be forever gone because of the amount of influence he had on others in the island. Additionally, because the other boys had elected Ralph as head of the tribe, Jack felt envious which caused him to feel inferior to his rival. Jack demonstrated his thirst for power over others from the beginning to the end of Lord of the Flies by questioning and arguing every decision of Ralph’s and eventually leaving the