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Describe Jack as a leader in William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

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Jack is the classic example of a dictator. He's determined to rule the island single-handed, and woe betide anyone brave or foolish enough to get in his way. Like all dictators he uses a mixture of fear and violence to cement his power. Jack knows that so long as the other boys fear him, they won't get any ideas about trying to knock him off his perch.

And it's not enough that the boys fear Jack; fear in general works to his advantage, as he discovers early on. The boys have got it into their heads that there's a savage beast prowling the island. It's all complete nonsense, of course, as Jack himself knows full well. But Jack also knows that so long as the boys believe that there really is such a beast lurking around every corner, then they will look to him as their leader, as he's the only one capable of protecting them.

This is a prime example of Jack cynically using his capacity for violence to keep the other boys firmly in check. At the same time, it shows that Jack's not just a thug;...

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bryan999 | Student

Although Jack eventually wins most of the "tribe" over, his idea of a life in the jungle is barbaric and rather than use orthadox methods he begins to result to violence more and more.