How Does Jack Use Power In Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the Flies: Abuse of Power Power is something that everyone gets to experience at some point in their lives. It can force people to do things out of spite or fear. One character in particular, Jack, is very conscious of these issues. He uses them to torture the other boys and divide the group to obtain as much power as possible. Jack is not afraid to do what he needs to even if it costs him his childhood. In the book, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a crucial theme is power which lets Jack allow violence against one another and causes him forget his civil nature. Jack uses tactics such as psychological games to force the rest of the boys on the island to worship him. He lies to them about the possibility of their being a…show more content…
Piggy was the brains standing in the way. When Piggy is killed, the conch is destroyed.“Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever. The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist. Piggy, say nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went. The rock bounced twice and was lost in the forest. Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea” (180).The conch and Piggy were very similar. They both were a symbol for structure and civilization. They both irritated Jack, because he realized that without Piggy, Ralph would not stand a chance against the rest of the group. He has full control over them so if they can get rid of Piggy then they will have no problem killing Ralph also. A major theme in the book, The Lord of the Flies, is power. One of the main characters, Jack, is a good example of how power can get out of hand when there is no authority figure around. Power can turn violent very fast and it can be used to force people to do what they normally would not. Once you have power it can be hard to let go as Jack demonstrates. Overall, power lets Jack feel that he can treat the rest of the boys poorly and make them follow him by using fear and physical
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