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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding
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In the novel Lord of the Flies, what is a quote that depicts how Jack attempts to take power through acts of savagery or violence?

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In Chapter 5, Ralph calls an assembly to discuss how the boys are not following through with his decisions. Ralph mentions that the boys need to decide on what to do about the identity of the beast. Jack takes the conch and tells the boys that if there were a...

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In Chapter 5, Ralph calls an assembly to discuss how the boys are not following through with his decisions. Ralph mentions that the boys need to decide on what to do about the identity of the beast. Jack takes the conch and tells the boys that if there were a beast, he would have seen it while he was hunting. Piggy says he agrees with Jack and does not believe in the beast either. Then, a littlun named Percival claims he saw a creature come out of the sea, and Simon attempts to explain the true identity of the beast. It is suggested that Percival saw a ghost. Ralph finally grabs the conch and decides to hold a vote as to whether ghosts exist on the island. Piggy rips the conch from his hands and claims that he didn't vote for ghosts on the island. Jack becomes aggressive and tells Piggy to shut up. Ralph yells at Jack for speaking without the conch and Jack says,

"Bollocks to the rules! We're strong---we hunt! If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down! We'll close in and beat and beat and beat----!" (Golding 91)

Then, Jack begins to lead the group of hunters in a ceremonial tribal dance along the beach. As Jack leads his hunters away, Ralph resists from blowing the conch.

Jack openly defies Ralph and comments on his abilities to violently hunt the beast. He is successful in taking power from Ralph by leading the boys away from the assembly and ignoring the rules of the conch. Jack rallies support by appealing to violence and savagery.

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