The Power Of Power In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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All individuals have a desire for power, although how it is utilized determines the future. There are multiple different forms of power and many different ways one can obtain it. In William Golding 's Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys are stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. The boys are forced to fend for themselves as they soon learn there are no adults present. They quickly transform from being civilized human beings to savages. The boys are alone and afraid of what the future has in store. Golding’s use of powerful characters demonstrates how the fears of others can be used to manipulate and maintain authority. Jack, a monarchical leader in the novel, has a dominant personality from the start. He is the controlling leader of the choir boys and is naturally intimidating. When the boys first arrive on the island they decide to elect a chief. Jack believes he should be chief, although the boys think they should take a vote: “...Who wants Jack for chief?’ With dreary obedience, the choir raised their hands” (Golding 23). Jack’s presence causes the boys to feel apprehensive. They feel obliged to raise their hands to avoid Jack’s wrath. The choir is vexed while following Jack’s orders as if this is a recurring problem they are used to facing. They do not appear to be voting for Jack willingly but rather forcefully. The choir seems to be afraid of his aggression as they obey his every command. Jack’s authority is proven here as the boys will not show any

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