In the novel Lord of the Flies, what strategies does Jack use to make his group of boys stronger?

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Jack uses several effective strategies to increase his tribe's comradery, efficiency, and loyalty. First, Jack encourages his hunters to paint their faces to mask their identity. These masks essentially remove their consciences and allow them to participate freely in savage acts without feeling ashamed. He then creates rituals such as ceremonial dances and chants. These routines draw the boys closer together which increases their comradery. They practice hunting and go on numerous expeditions which make them efficient killers. Jack fearlessly leads his group of boys on hunts and continually challenges Ralph in front of his savages which elevates his standing among the boys. Jack then perpetuates the existence of a beast with seemingly mythological powers by claiming that the beast can switch forms. He uses the boys' fear to manipulate them into following his commands and severely punishes individuals to intimidate the group of boys. Jack also creates common enemies in Ralph and the beast. His tribe focuses on destroying both of these targets which allows Jack to direct their attention elsewhere so he can maintain his role as chief without worrying. Jack successfully gains favor among the boys and is revered as their fearless chief by the end of the novel.

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