The Corruption Of Power In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Daniella Briceno Mr. Shaft ENG2DI January 7, 13 The Corruption of Power The desire for power has the potential to corrupt an individual’s personality, morals and actions. It is ultimately man’s worst enemy as it can lead to absolute immorality of individuals. William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies provides a profound insight into human nature, but does so in a way that disturbs and shocks the reader. Lord of the Flies is a novel about a group of British boys, whose plane crashes on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean during the midst of a raging war. It indicates that the desire for power can lead one to act in a deranged manner. This can break the boundaries set by rules and order resulting in competition between the boys on…show more content…
Jack is jealous of Ralph because in the beginning of the novel the majority of the characters voted for Ralph as leader. “The circle of boys broke into applause. Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification.” (Golding 19). This shows how Jack is put to shame in front of everyone because Jack nominates himself to be chief, however with dreary obedience only the choir votes for him. At this point in the novel, Jack develops resentment towards Ralph. He is exceedingly jealous of Ralph; he spends the rest of the novel nursing his wounded ego back to health. Jack does this by constantly diminishing Ralph’s authority in front of the group. The conflict on the island begins with Jack attempting to dominate the group rather than working with Ralph to benefit it. Furthermore, Jack has narcissistic traits because he behaves in an arrogant manner. In Lord of the Flies, there are different scenes that indicate Jack is exceedingly arrogant. "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are the best at everything. So we've got to do the right things."…show more content…
The novel proves that the desire for power can arouse unethical behavior. Firstly, the antagonists display selfishness because they allow jealousy and arrogance to dictate their behavior. In addition, Jack and Roger utilize the boys’ fear, hunger and stir up chaos as tools to manipulate the boys on the island. Lastly, the thirst for power triggers an inhumane behavior because the antagonists torment and dehumanize the children. In conclusion, as it can be observed through this essay, Jack and Roger develop immoral traits in order to gain power, which in return leads to the destruction of their own civilization. One should never strive for full authority as it can absolutely corrupt
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