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Discuss how Jack is able to overcome's Ralph's control over the boys.

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chunga012 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM via web

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Discuss how Jack is able to overcome's Ralph's control over the boys.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Jack overcomes Ralph's control through the use of fear.  The boys are extremely paranoid about the beast, especially after Samneric see the parachutist on the mountain and mistake it for a horrible creature.  Jack uses his prowess as a hunter to bring the other boys over to his side; he convinces them that as a hunter, he will be able to stalk and kill the beast.  Since Ralph has little to no skill at hunting, Jack draws attention to himself as being both a better protector and provider than Ralph. 

In chapter eight, Jack leaves the tribe in a sulky fit but quickly rallies the older boys who enjoy hunting to his side; Jack seizes power through fear and manipulation.

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tbyksl | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM (Answer #2)

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Jack uses the very basic human instinct to take control of the boys; "fear". the little children are afraid of the beistie , and jack uses it, he scares them more, he pushes them around. so the kids feel like they need Jack to avoid the monster that they created in their minds.

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beautifulsunshine16 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted November 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM (Answer #3)

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also.. Jack wanted to hunt and do fun things rather than tending to the fire so more wanted to listen to him.

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