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What are some quotations from the middle and end of Lord of the Flies that show how Jack uses fear to control the boys?

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Jack, the antagonist of Lord of the Flies, successfully uses the idea of fear to usurp power.

In chapter 5, Jack displays his intellect and deep understanding of the power fear wields.

The thing is—fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.

Jack understands that fear is a figment of the imagination with immense persuasive power. By controlling and manipulating the boys’ fear, Jack can hold power over them and convince them to partake in actions they otherwise would outright reject.

Later, in chapter 8, Jack directs Roger to mount the dead pig’s head on a sharpened stick as an offering to the beast. The pig’s head becomes the Lord of the Flies.

In chapter 12, the final chapter, the idea of the sharpened stick returns when Jack instructs Roger again.

Sharpen a stick at both ends.

This quotation works twofold. First, the assumption is that Ralph ’s head will be mounted on this stick, which reinforces the boys’ fear that Jack is willing to hunt, murder, and display the severed head of his...

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