Strength and power can allure an individual to a point where the appeal is intoxicating them so greatly that they are incapable of either realizing or resisting the attraction. As a result, it mutates their sense of reality to the point of no return. This connects strongly to one of the major conflicts the boys struggle within Lord of the Flies written by William Golding. In the novel, Golding displays the boys' conflict with power and order. In the beginning, the boys are eager and celebratory about being alone on this island with no adults since now they can be in charge.
Ralph may be falling into evil but overall he is still a kid, and he still has innocence even if it does not amount to the innocence he had upon arriving to the island. Ralph knows that what has happened is wrong, and that they are veering aways from any kind of purity they started with. Jack takes on a new personality toward the end of the book, “He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger. He spilt the water and leapt to his feet, laughing excitedly. Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them” (Golding 31-33).
Jack creates the idea of the beast and provides just enough evidence of its existence in order for the boys to follow him blindly. They rely upon him for information about the beast, and in doing so, they start to believe everything he says. The boys view him as the solution to the problem. Jack is jealous of ralph getting to be the leader when he’s the oldest, so jack gets the boys to turn on ralph and been in his tribe. This can be seen throughout the story, The Lord of the
The principal reason can be attributed to violence. Secondly, but still significant, the boys selfish actions and fear help cultivate the environment necessary for societal control. Lord of the Flies teaches its audience how a group of boys stuck on an island can start a society just as in any other community. However, these societies are just as prone to violence, deceit, and corruption regardless of where the society is. Individuals within various communities and societies act as threads within a quilt--uniting us all with a common
What makes him unable to be the hero, however, is his selfishness and delusional attitude. A hero is selfless, always making sacrifices for the greater good. When the bulletin is broadcast about the boy 's escape and he bursts into the television studio, he immediately declares himself the emperor. After being powerless and weighed down with handicaps (though he tore through them like they were just bits of tissue), he jumps, quite literally, at the chance to be in charge.
They’ll come when they hear us-.” When this happens the conch shell represents unity, power, and order. The conch’s power and order are present as the children vote for Ralph to be chief. ‘ “Him with the shell.” “Ralph! Ralph!” “Let him be chief with the trumpet thing”’ From that day on the conch is used to call meetings and the person who held the conch had the freedom to speak without being interrupted. The boys fall deeper into savagery and find themselves disconnected from order and authority, especially as Jack begins to defy Ralph and pull away from the tribe.
Jack’s hunters follow his every demand and now the tribe has inherited a part of evil in as followed by the quote, “Boys armed with sticks” (Golding 157). Jack has trained his tribe to be armed at all times and he even refers to the boys as “hunters.” Hunting with his followers gives him a rush of adrenaline and he thrives off the power. Jack uses his surroundings as an advantage to him in order to control, which corrupts innocence. In response, Woodward adds, “This is evil, an action, like Jack’s, so reprehensible that we cannot imagine a punishment for it” (Woodward 60). The want for power strengthens and his hunger increases, but what he was unaware of was the fact that he was destroying his own mind.
231. Roger is fearful of brushing past ‘the chief’ with his shoulder, and avoids contact with ‘the chief’. Golding and the boys refer to Jack only as the chief after he announces his ‘new title’. As ‘the chief’, he is successful, and this success is defined by the island societal structure. ‘The chief’ can hunt, feast, ‘compel’ the boys to follow him, and ultimately, ‘the chief’ is fearless.
In the novel Golding used Jack’s method of control to represent Machiavelli’s ideas of how people should rule. Machiavelli believes that if you are a politician than it doesn’t matter how nice you are, what citizens need most is effectiveness so then you can create overall stability. One of Machiavelli’s biggest believes was that the most effective way to rule is by using necessary cruelty. This is shown effective by Roger when he tortures Sam in Eric until they agree to join Jack’s tribe (Pages 188-189). Although it is wrong torturing Sam and Eric it was an effective way to gain control because now Jack is able to get inside information about
Introductory paragraph: General statement: Macbeth… husband of Lady Macbeth, Scottish general, later on being king of Scotland looked to be like a tragic hero, but really he was weak male controlled by his ambitions and thirst for power. Commits crime to climb the food chain, but is never comfortable in each crime he does. Not being able to bear the psychological consequences of his atrocities, he continues to them until he is at the top of the food chain with nothing in his way. claim1: Believes he is a great leader and gives into his tragic flaw: ambition. Which leads him to commit a series of crime.