How Does William Golding Present Power In Chapters Essay

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How Does William Golding Present Power in Chapters One, Two and Three of ‘Lord of the Flies’ The idea of power, under its various guises and uses, is presented regularly through characters, Golding’s description of them and symbols even in the first few chapters. Golding’s initial focus is on Ralph, setting him apart from the others early on. This shows that he is somewhat different from the others ‘there was stillness about him’ page 19. Golding also attributes Ralph with the qualities of a natural leader, he is adventurous and athletic, swimming well and speaking authoritatively and clearly: ‘get my clothes’. Ralph is given power in its traditional sense, when he is elected. He uuujuis chosen, the boys natural choice for leader, the one they chose on impulse. The conch is also introduced to us in the first chapter – ‘the sound of the shell’. The conch is really a symbol of order, of the old rules and ways. You are only allowed to speak when holding the conch. The conch is associated with Ralph, he finds it. This too is another reason to believe that Ralph is the sort of person who just attracts power. Also in the first chapter, Piggy and Ralph call a meeting. This is Piggy’s idea. Whereas Ralph seems to show power in the traditional sense, Piggy is the sensible, practical one. The one with the ideas. Piggy is given power in that he is the one with intelligence. In the modern world, he is the equivalent of an adviser to the prime minister. Knowing that he himself is not popular, he still votes for Ralph, because he is on better terms with him than with Jack. The ideas Piggy comes out with are sensible, ‘we oughta have a fire’ He has power in that although he is not the front man, his ideas are still being put forward and acted upon. Jack, however, is to begin with, practically as unpopular as Piggy. Jack is introduced as Ralphs rival for power. He
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