Power In Lord Of The Flies Character Analysis

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POWER STRUGGLE IN LORD OF THE FLIES
Power is believed to be the only thing stronger than fear. When Lord of the Flies was published in 1954 the novel is considered to be about humans that are inherently evil and when given power, how they choose to use it. Golding demonstrates this through the use of characterization examining Jack and Ralph as individual characters; symbolism is used to illustrate the power in the novel; and lastly, the conflict/dialogue between Ralph, Jack and its effects on the atmosphere. In Golding 's novel Lord of the Flies, he implies that with power comes responsibility and the capability to abuse power or act with righteousness.
Throughout the novel, the reader will see how Ralph and Jack 's personalities develop through the use of characterization, illustrating their individual power. Ralph, being a strong character, keeps his intentions good and clear, expressing his natural leadership skills. When Ralph was voted as the leader, he states ‘“If we have a signal going, they 'll come and take us off. We ought to have some more rules, where the conch is, that 's a meeting”’ (Golding 42). With the power that has been bestowed upon Ralph as chief, he uses
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Another example would be when the hunters kill a pig and a “bigun” says, “‘Did you hear what he said?’ ‘Right up her ass!’” (149). Lastly, the painted faces symbolizes the two different groups, “‘well we won 't be painted’ said Ralph ‘because we aren 't savages’” (191). This quotation illustrates the different use of power between the savages and civil people. Jack and his band of hunters act barbaric and have animalistic characteristics which makes their group have a powerful evil presence/feel. Raph’s group acts for the good as they act righteously and that will benefit them to get home faster; while keeping their true nature at heart. Thus, showing good versus evil within the items and the uses of each symbolized items

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