Lord of the Flies Essay

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Lust in Lord of the Flies Many lust of power and control but, few ever obtain it. Lust is a desire that can cause one to do things that are not in the best interest of society. In Lord of the Flies hopelessly lost boys struggle to maintain control over a bad situation. Two boys attempt to gain victory over one another, seeking to be the leader of the group of boys. Jack is one of the boys and aims to become the leader of the group. In the process of becoming leader he endangers others around him. Jack's desires lead to a breakdown in the group. A person's own lust for power and control puts a society into danger of dictatorship. The author uses characterization to reveal lust. On page 87, Jack madly refuses anyone who he does not agree with him. “I'm chief. I was chosen.” says Ralph. Jack replied “why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that make no sense.”. Jack disagrees with Ralph the chief, because he wants to be chief. In the beginning, when the group was choosing who would be chief, jack wanted to be chief badly. “i ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp (20).” In addition, when Ralph is chosen as chief, “the freckles on jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification ( 21).” Jack was deeply embarrassed because he thought he should be the leader and he arrogantly promotes himself, yet he loses. As a result the characterization in Lord of the Flies portrays lust by showing the thoughts and actions of the characters. Golding uses conflict to reveal the theme of lust. When Jack's “tribe” goes to Ralph's group's locations, the two tribes fist fight. Although Ralph's group may have won the fight, they lost something very important to their rescue, Piggie's glasses. Ralph and Piggy then went to confront Jack's group for stealing the

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