Selfishness In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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First of all, in Lord of the Flies, William Golding demonstrates selfishness from the theme of power. Power is one of the factors that can make people express their selfishness. In Lord of the Flies of William Golding, boys decide to elect their leader who will earn the power to control the group of boys. At the beginning of the story, Ralph is chosen to be the leader of the boys, while Jack is appointed to be the leader of the hunter. Jack and his hunters think that they are the special group of boys because they have the most significant duty. In chapter 3, While Ralph and Simon work hard on building shelters for others and Ralph requires some help from Jack, but Jack says “Except me and my hunter-” (p. 50). Jack tries to avoid doing the…show more content…
Power can also create violence among the group of people. It can also destroy the relationship between people violently. According to Golding, chapter 11 is the chapter that relationship between Ralph and Jack are completely broken. They have the violent conflict with each other. In addition, from the quote “Jack shouted angrily ‘I said ‘grab them’!’” (p.178) Jack becomes the new leader of the boys. He has more power to order others. Jack also has the power to force other boys to do whatever he wants. Jack governs the island similar to the dictatorship. For example, Jack says “See? They do what I want.” (p.179). Moreover, Jack said savagely to Ralph “See? See? That’s what you’ll get! I meant that! There isn’t a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone-” (p.181). Conch can represent respect of the boys because at the beginning of the story person who hold the conch is only one who can speak, but when jack became the dictator; he is the most powerful boy on the island; he destroys the conch violently. The power of Jack destroys respect of other boys. Jack also use his power in many brutal ways including punishment. For instance, Roger and Robert say “‘He’s going to beat Wilfred.’ ‘What for?’ Robert shook his head doubtfully. “I don’t know. He didn’t say. He got angry and made us tie Wilfred up. He’s been’-he giggled excitedly- ‘he’s been tie for an hours, waiting-’” (p.159). When Jack gets angry Wilfred, every boy feels scared on him. No one knows the real reason why Jack was angry Wilfred. Jack orders other boys to tie Wilfred for hours which is the violent way of punishment for kids. In chapter 10, Jack and his subordinate plan to steal Piggy’s glasses because it is only one tool that can make fire. They come to Ralph’s camp and steal Piggy’s glasses violently at night. They like the bully. Consequently, The theme of power in Lord of the Flies of Golding also illustrates
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