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In Lord of the Flies, why does Jack refuse to give Piggy meat? And how is this tactic...

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linca | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 20, 2007 at 1:09 AM via web

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In Lord of the Flies, why does Jack refuse to give Piggy meat? And how is this tactic beneficial to Jack's campaign for leadership?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 20, 2007 at 1:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Piggy is upset that the fire went out, and he and Jack argue. Jack and Piggy fight, Jack punches him, which causes Piggy's glasses to fall and break. Because of this altercation, Jack considers not letting Piggy have any of the meat from their slain pig. In the end, he allows it. Jack gains prominence, because he was able to provide food for the group. It is a good tactic for Jack, being in the position of denying food is a powerful position.

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 20, 2007 at 3:17 AM (Answer #3)

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Jack refuses to give Piggy meat because this is Jack's way of asserting his power.  He is showing Piggy that he, Jack, has the power to determine whether or not the boys eat - this is one of the most basic, important powers among mankind.  This helps Jack's campaign because being a food provider is essential to the boys' existence.  As the leader of the hunter group, Jack is now raised to a higher level of leadership than what Ralph has as head of the group which is in charge of providing shelter and is failing miserably.

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linca | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 20, 2007 at 4:49 AM (Answer #4)

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thanks a lot for your answers!

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