Lord Of The Flies Power Analysis

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As Abraham Lincoln once said "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man 's character, give him power." B. Power has the potential to corrupt. It is also always changing and some people are better at acquiring and keeping it than others. II. When a person finds themselves in a position of power two things can happen. The person will either control that power or the power will control them. A. "...they savored the right of domination"(P.33). This is when Jack and Ralph first trek to the peak of the island and start to realize that by having control over the other children, they basically have control over the island. B. "I was chief and you were going to do what I said. You talk but you can 't even build huts...then you go off hunting and let out the fire..."(P.93). By this point Jack has started to ignore Ralph 's rule and hunt more often. This might be because he no longer feels threatened by…show more content…
III. Power is never concrete. It is always changing, moving from person to person and idea to idea. A. "...yet most powerfully, there was the conch" (P.23). In the beginning of the book, they treat the conch like an object of power. Whoever holds the conch gets to state their opinions or ideas without interruption no matter what. It seems like near the start of the book, although Ralph was voted chief, it was whomever held the conch that had the most power. B. "We don 't need the conch anymore"(P.139). This statement is made by Jack when the boys are at the peak of the tension between what they should be prioritizing on the island. Piggy is holding the conch and trying to speak when Jack interrupts him. By this point Jack already started to grow his hunting group and therefore grow in power. Because of this, he realizes he has enough power to create his own group and split from Ralph 's. This also shows that Jack feels like Piggy 's opinion is so unimportant compared to his that Jack goes against one of the rules he originally
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