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Posted June 6, 2012 at 1:37 AM via web

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What is the comparison/similarities of Jack from the Lord of the Flies and Adolf Hitler ?

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

Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM (Answer #1)

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One major similarity between Jack in Lord of the Flies and Adolf Hitler is how both use violence, fear, and intimidation as a means to gain and keep power.  Jack's ability to kill and gut the sow impresses the other boys' on the island; they perceive him as both a warrior and provider.  After Jack uses violence to steal Piggy's glasses, he leads the other boys away, "trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear" (168). 

The other boys value Jack for his ability to use violence, against the pigs, and in this case, to secure Piggy's glasses by use of force.  Jack also intimidates the other boys into cooperation, sometimes by use of force, in the case of Samneric, who claim that they joined Jack's tribe because "they made us.  They hurt us--" (188). 

Hitler also used violence and terror to control.  With the backing of the SS, Hitler carried out acts of violence, such as "The Night of the Long Knives" and "Kristallnacht" against his political opponents and other who would oppose him.  Like Hitler's use of terror, Jack also used terror to control.  Even though Samneric feel more allegiance to Ralph, they do not dare to go against Jack and his henchman Roger. 

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