Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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Where is a good quote in Lord of the Flies to show how Jack uses violence to gain control and dominance?

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In chapter 5, Jack cries:

“Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong—we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat—!”

This bold assertion of violence excites the listening boys, and they respond approvingly, "full of noise and excitement, scramblings, screams and laughter."

When the novel opens, choir leader Jack is angry and sulky because he is not elected leader. At that point though he shows a willingness to follow civilized rules and norms. As time goes on he realizes that giving into his lust for violence and rule-breaking is a potent source of power. He can gain followers and do what he wants the more savage and autocratic his behavior becomes. He recognizes that in the absence of adult authority, there is no one to put a stop to his violence.

Jack, the Hitler figure in the novel, abandons logic, reason, and the rule of law. Instead, he appeals to the most atavistic, "primitive" desires in the boys and encourages them to let their ids run loose. His society of hunting, violent ritual, cruelty, sadism, wild dancing, and body painting is so alluring it wins out over Ralph and Piggy's less entrancing world of rationality, foresight, and decency. Left to their own devices, the boys simply follow the one who allows them to give into the impulses of the moment.

By the end of the novel Jack's leadership set the island on fire, which, ironically, catches the attention of the British ship that comes to rescue them.

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In Lord of the Flies, Jack is disappointed and surprised that he is not the natural choice for leader and, instead, the boys, stranded on a deserted island, vote for Ralph as chief. It is something of a consolation that Jack, as "chapter chorister" of a group of some of the boys will be in charge of, as he calls them, the "hunters." Jack does have a respect for Ralph, at first, although he does regularly challenge authority. Determined to catch a pig, Jack wants to camouflage himself which disguise gives him an exhilarated feeling to the point where his laughter is described as "a bloodthirsty snarling." The reader is told that,"Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness," (ch 4). The reader is thus forewarned and is being prepared for what may follow as Jack continues to show signs of what lengths he will go to in order to exert his authority. 

Piggy is afraid of Jack, who bullies and makes fun of him. In chapter 5, Piggy who is insightful and intelligent tells Ralph that he is...

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