In my opinion Jack's group is a copy/reflection of German National Socialism. Is it true?

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It is true that Golding wrote this book shortly after the ending of World War II. There are also several parallels between Ralph's treatment of Jack and also Jack's behavior. At the very beginning of the novel, Ralph tries to placate Jack by giving him control of the choir. This mirrors Neville Chamberlain's concession of Czechoslovakia to Adolf Hitler. Although it seemed a wise idea a the time, this gesture ultimately led Hitler to think he could grab more power. This is also what happens with Ralph as he uses his power as head of the hunters to give the boys meat. Hitler promised to end the devastating hunger in Germany after the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler then slowly seized power from the Von Hindenburg government, just as Jack slowly seizes power from Ralph. In addition, Hitler had many lieutenants who seemed more ruthless that he was, including Heinrich Himmler, who oversaw the persecution of the Jews. Roger, Jack's lieutenant, is responsible for the persecution of many of the boys and the death of Piggy. Finally, Jack is only brought under control when a superior force, the British navy arrives. Hitler, of course was stopped by the superior Allied forces at the end of World War II. However, Goldings' warning against such groups and how they gain power is still applicable to us today as we see groups lead by people similar to the power-hungry Jack arise in various places around the world.

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