In Lord of the Flies, why do the most children eventually prefer Jack as their leader?

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In chapter 10, Jack holds a council to try to lure the rest of the boys who haven't already switched to his side to join his forces.  He tells them he will give them food, protection from the beast, and fun.  Those are the three things the boys want most - food, protection, and fun.  He appeals to what he knows are their base desires.  What he doesn't tell them is that there are strings attached to all of these things.  They must do whatever he wants them to do, no matter what it is and if they disobey, he will beat them - or worse.  He proves his strength of force by arbitrarily beating the littlun, Wilfred. He uses a method that is as old as humankind - telling the people what he knows the people want to hear.  It doesn't matter if he carries out what he says he'll do, once the boys pledge allegiance to him, the boys are his because he has strong helpers who are physically stronger than the littluns who make up the majority of the boys.  In chapter 11, Jack shows Ralph how the boys listen to him and obey his commands.  This is proof that Jack's methods work.

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