Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What makes Jack a powerful leader? How do you think William Golding wants you to respond to him?

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Jack turns into a powerful leader on the island for several reasons. First, he shows perseverance. When he isn't elected as leader initially, he is visibly frustrated, but he doesn't give up. He continues hanging close to the group, making opportunities for himself when he can. Little by little, he transforms his image from a mere leader of the choir into a savage boy capable of taking life.

This transformation is appealing to the rest of the group, as evidenced by the continuing growth of his little tribe. And maybe the savagery frightens a few boys into aligning themselves with him. While this isn't a noble leadership characteristic, it can certainly prove effective—as evidenced by historical leaders such as Hitler and Stalin. Powerful leaders are not always good and honorable leaders.

Jack is also able to cater to the basic needs of the group: filling their sense of hunger. Eating fruit constantly has led to some intestinal upset, as evidenced by the growing unsanitary conditions on the...

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