How Does Golding Use The Power In Lord Of The Flies

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The book Lord of The Flies by William Golding shows how people’s minds are changed by the ideas portrayed from their leaders. The book has two different kinds of leaders in the forms of Ralph and Jack. These two create a sort of social hierarchy between the group of boys with them being at the top and the littluns at the bottom with everyone else in between. The social hierarchy on the island in William Golding's Lord of The Flies displays the ways power and control can be manipulated when there is an absence of authority.

Ralph uses his power and control in a good way to help himself survive and try to protect the group. “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.” (Golding 42) Ralph’s leadership style is very much caused by his English background. Just like England, Ralph sets rules and the boys followed them because they had respect for him. Ralph leads his group away from the savage lifestyle desired by the other group. He sets rules for his group to follow so that everything stays in order and nothing goes out of whack. …show more content…

“Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong – we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat.” (Golding 90) "See? See? That's what you'll get! I meant that! There isn't a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone--" He ran forward, stooping. "I'm chief!" (Golding 181) Jack strives for a place with no rules and believes the island to be a place where he can brutally murder anything and everything. He goes crazy to get absolute control and destroys things belonging to Ralph in order to try and de-power

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