In "Lord of the Flies", how does the choir clothing define and affect group dynamics?

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The choir clothing is described in the first chapter.  Jack is the leader of the choir and so the badge that was on his square black cap was not silver like the other boys' badges, but was gold.  Since Jack is the chapter choister, or leader of the choir, it is fitting that he wear the badge of more valuable color. The boys are all also wearing long black robes and high-necked "hambone frills" at their necks.  In the tropical heat of their new island home, the robes and collars are unbearably hot.  Jack, however, has made the boys not only wear their robes, collars, and hats, but also he has made them all march in formation.  Jack is a dicator and he likes order as long as he is in charge of the order.  By making the boys wear their choir clothing and march, he is exerting his control over them even though the situation does not warrant the need for it.  Because he has a position of power, he exercises it.  He doesn't care when Simon faints because it doesn't affect him.  Jack's desire for complete control is evident even this early in the novel by the way he treats the choir.

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