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by William Golding

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How do Jack and Ralph use power differently in "Lord of the Flies"? how does jackuse 'power' to control the tribe different than ralph?

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Ralph is a proponent of civilization and uses his authority as chief to establish a civil, democratic society, while Jack uses his authority to rule as a brutal tyrant toward the end of the novel. Ralph holds assemblies, during which he encourages each boy to speak openly, creates necessary rules, and directs the boys to complete numerous tasks that increase their chances of survival and rescue. While Ralph is depicted as a relatively poor leader, he attempts to use his authority in a benevolent manner. Ralph is primarily concerned about the littluns' well-being and the boys' chances of rescue and survival on the island.

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