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What are some quotes from Lord of the Flies that show power and leadership?  

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In chapter 1, the boys determine that someone needs to be in charge of leading them. As they begin conversations about who that should be, they realize the power of the being who brought them all together:

But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart.

“Him with the shell.”

“Ralph! Ralph!”

“Let him be chief with the trumpet-thing.”

The conch has power because it has gathered them from their far flung reaches of the island. Since it has power, the boy who blew it also has power. It wasn't even originally his idea, but Ralph is seen as powerful because of his connection with the conch.

In chapter 4, Jack and his hunters have some meat and use that position as a means of power, particularly over Piggy:

“Aren’t I having...

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