We can’t have everybody talking at once. We’ll have to have ‘Hands up’ like at school... I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it while he’s speaking,’” (33) we see that Ralph’s focus on rules is key to his ability to control democracy. In the quote “‘I’m chief,’ said Ralph, ‘because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going...’” (150), we see Ralph not only asserting his democratic and fairly gained power, but also trying to refocus the boys on their long term goal of rescue.
Jack Merridew is by far the most powerful individual on the island. He influences the boys to do things by yelling at them throughout the book. Just as it is stated in The Perils of Obedience by Kendra Cherry, “The physical presence of an authority figure dramatically increased compliance,” (Cherry 2). Jack is the main authority figure that has a lot of power of the kids because of his appeal to what they want and to the way he runs things. He runs his tribe like a dictatorship over the rest of the boys, but because they do what they want to do they comply with what he says, even though it is not the right thing.
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.
However, the satisfaction in his civilized society rapidly deteriorates, and Ralph can no longer uphold the civilization which provided security to the boys. The power struggle proceeds to chaos, an ethical war between the civil mindset in which these British boys were raised, and the savagery which lies within. Moreover, the island erodes the morals and principles of the boys to reveal the darkness of their intrinsic nature. The role of leadership therefore falls on Jack’s shoulders, as he provides an outlet for these boys to express this shift in their morality. His leadership is embraced by the boys, even Piggy and Ralph, who opposed his cruel and unusual leadership were “eager to take a place in this demented, but partly secure society.“ (pg.167).
All of the boys had contrasting ideas on how to administer the society. Ralph was eventually nominated by the other boys to be the chief of the society, and this was one of the first signs of what we, the readers, thought was a civilized society. Piggy and Ralph were the ones who spotted the conch and automatically thought that they could use it to call the meeting whenever they wanted to discuss something. But the conch was also a symbol of freedom of speech, whenever someone had it, they had the possibility and freedom to speak. In general the conch represented order.
"...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).
The demand for power thrived on their souls and drove them to their breaking points. Lord of the Flies is about the role of power and control in the world and how it can enhance society or bring civilization as we know it, crumbling down. Throughout the novel, the leaders in the book, use certain symbols and objects to give them authority over the other boys and have law and order on the island. The pig’s head and the conch both wield a certain
Golding sets the tone for Jack’s character straight away through Piggy 's "intimida[tion]" at Jack 's "superiority" (26). This suggests that he carries himself in an authoritative way. The boys are eager to appoint a chief to help maintain order on the island. When the opportunity arises, Jack insists that he is the most worthy because of his experience as “chapter chorister and head boy" (28). However, his urge to be in control is negated when the boys vote for Ralph, instead, resulting in Jack’s “mortification” (29).
Good residency is about having the power to ask someone to do something, but not necessarily exercising it. Impoliteness if the Mildew of mankind, Eddie’” (32). Unfortunately, everyone has their weakness. In one of his less than stunning moments, Holden sells his son’s virginity and heritage to the DeMauve’s claiming that he believed Eddie would die during the trip to High Saffron. This not only shows his blatant disregard for Eddie’s desires and his lust for money, but also displays his lack of faith in his son.
Every child comes into this world as a selfish, manipulative, cruel and stubborn being. It is the parents and society that teaches children how to function in a civilized world, and societal laws that keeps them under control. William Golding wrote this novel in the early years of the cold war and the atomic age. In William Golding's classic novel Lord of the Flies, Golding uses Jack, a young savage who looks to lead a group of stranded kids on an island with no food, no rules, and no adults. The effect freedom has on Jack has turned him into a savage because he does not have to listen to anyone since there are no adults on the island.