Physical Power In Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding served in the Royal Navy during World War II that lasted from 1939-1945. Due to his traumatic experiences throughout the war, this created a combination of ideas involving the change of people because of the influence of power. Although, in his early stages of life Golding spent his childhood very sheltered. Likewise, his occupation during adulthood was an elementary English private school teacher. These ideas provide the assumption that Golding more than likely is inclined to think that children were innocent and had not seen the real world until he had joined the war. In addition to this idea, the events affected Golding vastly which influenced him to demonstrate some characteristics through the characters and events in Lord…show more content…
Throughout the novel, both Jack and Ralph struggle with who has the conch which ultimately decides who is more powerful. Although, Jack is one of the main characters that show very strong physical power over the group (Kibin). Likewise, these aspects of vast physical power over a group of people could be symbolic to many of today's world issues or even past centuries. For example, the unfair treatment of the boy's by Jack can be symbolic of the actions of segregation and discrimination of African Americans throughout the late eighteenth century. During this time period, powerful white, elite men use physical action to "power" over African Americans. This idea of power and discrimination also relates to Jack and how he uses the boy's fear of the beast to take control of the group and their actions (Kibin). Initially, Jack created the fantasized beast in order for the boys to believe him and follow the idea. Eventually, the group relies on Jack for information which essentially gives him overall power over the group when making a decision about their plan of action. Golding explores this idea of Jack's information to the group involving the beast when starting, "And then about the beat." They moved, looked at the forest. "I say this. We aren't going to bother about the beast." He nodded at them." "We're going to forget the beast." (Golding 133). The idea of physical power and how Jack handles this privilege is the ultimate downfall of the group and their chance of
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