What Is The Power In Lord Of The Flies

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“The way to have power is to take it.” Unacceptable things are done to gain supremacy over society. Power attracts the inferiors of all mankind and corrupts the finest. Either society kills to gain the upper hand or they get killed. Power knows how to manipulate mankind and gain dominance over it. Power makes society do atrocious things. In the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, the island sees survivors from a plane crash so dreadful that no one would have been alive, but miraculously a group of young cadets survives. One of the survivors, Ralph, becomes the first leader of the group and makes the precedents so that the boys maintain their civilization. But furthermore, Jack wants to have his influence over the boys. He believes …show more content…
For instance, towards the end of “Lord of the Flies”, we see how Roger gets fully consumed by power and all he wants to show is that he is the same as Jack. High overhead, Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever. The rock struck piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee and the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist. Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, died! Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back, his head opened and stuff came out and turned red (Golding 222-223). Roger shows Jack that he is not the only one who could hunt and kill. His actions shouted louder than his voice, he killed Piggy! Just to portray the power he had. Roger was a humble person at first, but towards the end as everyone forgot about their civilization and were taken over by savagery. He became mad in search for power, his need to kill amplified and the way he sharpened the other edge (of the same stick they stuck the pig’s head) so that they can stick up Ralph’s head on it. Isolation can destroy a person and can drive him to do unacceptable things. Their search for power ended when they saw the military personnel on the beach, ‘twas when they realized what they had done, all they fought for was to be the dominant tribe on the island and they killed two innocent kids in search for that

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