Power In Lord Of The Flies

1899 WordsOct 12, 20178 Pages
According to President Abraham Lincoln, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man 's character, give him power.” Many people can get through their trials and develop their character, but when they are given power, if will show what type of a person they are. A bad leader is arrogant and leads by fear, and often bends the rules based off of what would benefit them even when it contrasts with what would benefit their community. A good leader is flexible, patient, and rational, and knows how to improve whatever they are in control of and take action. To be a trustworthy leader, compassion, diligence, and intelligence are needed so followers will see the leaders example and try to become more like them. Because bad…show more content…
Jack had drawn his knife “with a flourish”(23) at first, but hesitated and understood “what an enormity the downward stroke would be”, meaning it was too evil for them to comprehend and would go against their morals. The “unbearable blood” which would have spilt as he “cut into living flesh” was too much for Jack to handle in the moment, and all of the boys were terrified of what he could have done. After this event took place, the boys asked him why he had not killed the pig so he defended himself by saying that he was only taking his time choosing a place to pierce the pig but that he would kill it the next time. Jack did not want the boys to think of him as a foolish child but as a mature adult, which he believed would make him seem like a good leader, although lying was the uncivilized way to react to the issue and he should have just told the truth and taken accountability. While Jack decided to not kill the pig at the beginning of the novel, he becomes obsessed with killing pigs and eventually ends up killing humans after applying a clay mask to his face, showing that he felt so humiliated that he wanted to prove the boys wrong and show them how brave he could be. "He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness." (48). Not only did Jack use this mask of
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