Jack the Egomaniac in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

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Having an individual take control over a group is inevitable. Adolf Hitler took over Germany; at first he was appointed as chancellor but the Germans’ let him get away with taking over as dictator (Truemen , 2013). It was out of fear that the Germans’ let him be in power. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding utilizes Jack as the most important character in the novel because of how his psychological personality affects the plot. Jack, much like Hitler, gains control by instilling fear into the others and takes over as leader. Throughout the whole book Golding continues to use Jack to twist the story. He stands in the way of the other boys’ success in getting off of the island. Jack is motivated by his id and seeks authority at all costs, …show more content…
Jack tries hard to turn everyone against Ralph by saying “Hands up […] whoever wants Ralph not to be chief?” (118). Jack pushes boundaries throughout the whole book because he was not elected to be chief. He continuously tries to cast the group away from Ralph and begins to embrace savagery and violence. Once again Jack displays himself as the id when he is trying to lure the others away from Ralph so he can egotistically become in control of the group to get what he wants. Jack picks on Piggy throughout the whole novel making Piggy seem inferior to everyone; when Jack compares Ralph to Piggy, he is demoralizing him in front of the group and creating the illusion that he is weak. “[Ralph is] like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn’t a proper chief.” (50). From the time Jack met Piggy; he made him look foolish to the group, even the littleuns disrespected him. Now that Jack compares Ralph to Piggy, he convinces the others that he is better fit as a leader than Ralph. Jack uses his hunting skills as a bribe to wean the others away from Ralph to his own tribe. “I gave you food […] and my hunters will protect you from the beast. Who will join my tribe?” (139). He tricks the other boys into thinking that he is going to be a better chief but they only go to his tribe because they are mortified of the beast. Jack uses their fear of the beast to control them. He makes his tribe sound so wonderful. Food and
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