How Jack uses fear throughout the novel - quotationsSo, I'm in the process of writing an essay on how Jack uses fear throughout the novel to gain power (either fear of himself, or fear of the...

How Jack uses fear throughout the novel - quotations

So, I'm in the process of writing an essay on how Jack uses fear throughout the novel to gain power (either fear of himself, or fear of the beast). My three paragraphs are how he uses it at the beginning of the novel, in the middle and the towards the end.

I have three quotations for how Jack uses his fear at the beginning but I need a couple of examples for the middle and the end.

For the middle, I say: ..after Ralph has been elected chief, Jack tries to undermine and gain power himself.

And at the end, Jack uses fear to maintain his position as chief.

I need some quotations.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The ultimate fear Jack wields over Ralph in particular is the fear of being hunted--to death. He instructs that a spear be sharpened at both ends, a clear indication that Ralph's head will be skewered as some kind of sacrifice, just as the boar's head was. He begins the terrifying cacophony of ullulation which strikes terror into Ralph's heart. Finally, he utilizes fire to drive Ralph into the open so he can be killed. Fire is always a frightening prospect; however, in this case we know it has already killed (the mulberry birthmark boy).

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In Chapter Eleven, when Jack steals Piggy's glasses, the others fear how they will make a fire.  And, of course, Piggy cannot see without his glasses.  So, Ralph and Piggy go with the conch to call a meeting, but Jack yells at them from behind his masked face, telling them to go away. Frightened, the twins Samneric run between Ralph and the entry. He attacks Ralph with his spear.  Then he "felled the twins clumsily and excitedly."  As the twins lay astonished, Jack turns to Ralph, "See? They do what I want."

Roger,the henchman for Jack, stands over the twins while Samneric, who have "protested out of the heart of civilization,"

lay looking up in quiet terror.  Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority.

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