Power Types in "Lord of the Flies"
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This paper examines three types of power that are evident in "Lord of the Flies": authoritative power, democratic power and brute force, illustrating with examples the characters that reflect these traits.
From the Paper:"The character who illustrates the most authoritative power is Jack. He shows a hateful and self-righteous attitude towards the others. He has no regard for anyone else's ideas or opinions and he wants everyone to obey him. The other members of the group, particularly the "little 'uns", were afraid of Jack and did not question him or his decisions. By chapter two, Jack and his choirboys had become hunters; they had made the rules and enforced them by assaulting anyone who disobeyed. His leadership dwells in his ability to threaten and frighten those under him. Jack wanted to kill Ralph because they are in competition with each other; towards the end of the novel, after Piggy is killed, Jack orders the boys to go and kill Ralph because he is the last outcast alive and they obey knowing that if they do not, they too will become outcasts."
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