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Jack's Use of Power: Lord of the Flies Essay

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  • on January 4, 2013
  • Category: English
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Jack's use of power, in Lord Of The Flies, is not governed by rules. To what extent do you agree with this?
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Ralph, the chief, is presented as the embodiment of civility, the glow of hope among the boys, being the one seemingly with the most impact considering their expectations of rescue. Jack, the subject of this matter, is depicted with the instinct of barbarism, the nucleus of the boys’ gradual descent into savagery. He antagonises Ralph; he antagonises the boys’ hope of rescue. To juxtapose these two characters allows us to see Jack’s unruly use of power coupled with his arrogance, pride and vanity.
“Ralph is like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn’t a proper chief,” – Jack. According to Jack, Ralph uses logic, ration and reasoning just like Piggy in his chiefdom; a boy with immense intellect. To Jack, intelligence and reasoning are not comparable with strength, and the latter is necessary for chiefdom. Although the intent of this jealousy is not yet backed up with power, Jack implies that he is more suiting for the role to take the lead than Ralph is, as he has put it upon himself to provide meat for the camp, to be a source of sustenance,   and he does go just as far to achieve this, as it says that during one of his hunting adventures, he was “…streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, strained by all the vicissitudes of a day’s hunting.” So, we see that while it is yet true that Ralph, being the leader, is obeyed and his service, which includes the producing of smoke for their rescue, the building of shelter for their safety, and the provision of food for their survival, is relied upon, the main person that provides the boys with food is Jack and hence his bone of contention — with his savage instinct and bloodlust, he is capable of providing the two that seem more important to him — safety and survival, so why should Ralph be chief? And so, it is with these same instincts and qualities that Jack intends...

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