Theme Of Power Hungry In Lord Of The Flies

In the novel Lord of The Flies, young boys become stranded on an island after there ship crashes. These boys, having never known each other before, try their best to stay alive using survival techniques. However, as time passes the boys start to loose sight of civilization and a type of darkness takes over them. One boy in particular named Jack becomes power hungry and looses all sight of good verses bad. Jack exemplifies the theme of power through his steadfast descent into madness and his actions towards other characters.
In the first couple of pages of the novel, it is introduced that the boys are going to need to use their survival techniques in order to stay alive. Food, being one of the most important needs for survival becomes the boys
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A fight breaks out which leads to Jack breaking Piggy’s glasses, an important object used to supply fire and heat for the boys. By this point in the novel, Jack has lost sight of civilization. Someone in civilization would never have let their selfish reasons get in the way of survival. They would have been careful which represents hope for survival but Jack is the complete opposite of this. He let one of their tools for survival go like it meant nothing to him. The glasses broke as a result of him getting into a fight over power, once again, Jack is going to great lengths to stay in power. Throughout the novel, these lengths are getting even crazier and more vicious. Shortly after, the beast became a huge threat to the boys on the island, Jack and the hunters manipulate the boys’ fear of the beast to their own advantage. Jack continues to hint that the beast exists when he knows that it probably does not, a manipulation that leaves the rest of the group fearful and more willing to cede power to Jack and his hunters than to Ralph. They become more willing to overlook barbarism on Jack’s part for the sake of maintaining the safety of the group. In this way, Jack uses the boys fear of the beast to enhance his own …show more content…
Jack does what the lads want in order to keep their favor of him being in charge. He even sneered at Ralph at one point asking if he is frightened in which he responded wondering who wouldn’t be as a hopeless response(Golding 143). In hopes of a poor response, Jack stated that in front of the other boys in hopes that he would gain more power and favor of more of the boys. Eventually, the group splits into two with the majority in Jacks group. Jacks begins to abuse his power, beating those that don’t listen to his commands and for no apparent reason. Some literary experts agree with Jacks actions stating “Sometimes man must battle nature. Sometimes man must battle other men, and sometimes man must battle himself. All of these are elements of the world we live in”(Lorraine Caplan). In the beginning of the novel, Jack couldn’t hurt a fly even though his life depended on it, however, by this point in the novel Jack has lost himself. He plans an attack on Ralph and his group for the eyeglass piece, injuring all of the boys severely just to make it so nothing could hold back his power. This way, Ralph would have to come begging back to Jack and yield to him in order to survive. Jack even sets out plans to have Ralph killed in cold blood. If it weren’t for the naval officer being there to prevent yet another death on the island, Ralph would have been deceased.
Throughout the novel, Jack

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