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The Power Of Power In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Power is a compelling thing isn’t it? When asked about power one might respond that the president has power or the queen or a politician. Power doesn’t just come in one form, like a pass, fail class, it’s not that you're either powerful or not; it just doesn’t work that way. Power comes in different shapes and sizes, just like the people who hold it. The power of a role; being able to control someone or not. Happens so often in our day to day life that we overlook it. Everyone has a boss or a teacher who tells you what to do, but what happens when that starts to affect you morally? What happens when they aren’t just bossing you around and you know what they are doing is wrong but society is in such a fixated state that you are overlooked because it has become a social norm. when people conform to their role in society too much, they can lose who they are, which can lead to the downfall of the people around them. In Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, this can be shown the best with Jack and his tribe.

In Lord of the Flies, a great example is Jack, a character quick to conform to his role as a leader and a hunter. It even states “…while the most obvious leader was Jack.” (Golding 22). At this point Jack hasn’t conformed to a role yet and is a perfect candidate for chief. The boys chose Ralph anyways, but Jack is given the role of lead hunter, a role Ralph will later regret giving. Though Jack was content with his role as hunter and the role hadn’t consumed
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