How does Golding use characterization to present the theme of power in Lord of the Flies?

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Throughout Golding's Lord of the Flies the boys on the island struggle with power both internally and externally. He uses the characters and the dynamics between the boys in order to illustrate how a society that is dominated by negative authority and devoid of positive authority cannot be fruitful.

In order to accomplish this, Golding creates conflicts between several of the main characters. These characters are designed to be foils to one another and to reveal more about human nature and power through their interactions.

Ralph versus Jack

This conflict the characters of Ralph and Jack battle over who will be "in charge" on the island. Although Jack seems like a natural leader as head of the choir boys (who later become the hunters) and his lack of fear in their new environment, his desire to rule is stunted by Ralph's affability and logical nature. When the boys are first gathered on the island, it is due to Ralph's ability to blow the conch shell (but it is important to note that Piggy

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