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Martin Luther king jr quotes: "I am not interested in power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right,and that is good."

Which character in The Lord of the Flies affirms this quote?


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

Posted July 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Of all the characters in Lord of the Flies, the one who most speaks to the quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Ralph.  Ralph takes on the helm of leadership for the tribe of boys at the beginning of the book because he feels a sense of responsibility to do what is right, to maintain their civility and the standards of being Englishmen. 

Ralph uses his power to accomplish things for the tribe:  building signal fires, making huts, keeping order.  Even when he loses support among the boys for these tasks, Ralph holds to what he believes is right.  He uses his power for the good of others, like looking after the littluns and seeing their needs provided.  For example in chapter three, instructs the boys to build huts, and even when the rest of them have gone off to play, Ralph continues working to help others.  Ralph's view of leadership and power is one of service, an opportunity to help others. 

A direct opposite of this viewpoint would be Jack.  Jack sees power as self-serving, to be used for his own glorification, like when he orders Henry to bring him a drink, as if he is some sort of exalted beach god who must be served and honored. 


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