Power Struggle in 'Lord of the Flies

Length: 4 Pages 1068 Words

Power. When people think of the word they will automatically think of someone in control of something. Power is a word everyone knows and a thing everyone wants. In the book "Lord of the Flies" there is a major power struggle (between Ralph, Jack, and even Piggy) that effects the whole novel. When the struggle occurs you get the major events in the book: Ralph being elected chief, Jack dictating the hunters, Jack running off, and the fire on the island. Power…is the cause of these things and power can get you somewhere or it can get you nowhere. At the beginning of the book, Ralph has the majority of the power. Once Ralph blows the conch and everyone comes he is elected chief. The reason the boys had chosen him was because of the conch. The conch is the item of power in the book and Ralph had it. Ralph had noticed that Jack wasn't too happy with him being chief. Ralph being chief infuriates Jack so Ralph gives him the hunters. This is a good idea so as to give something to focus on other than Ralph being the chief. Already Jack is after Ralph because Ralph has the most power. When Ralph was elected chief Jack wasn't too happy. Jack had wanted to be chief because he thought he was better. He said that he was "chap Continue...


Piggy wanted something, but he knew that he was never going to get any because people didn't see him that way. He's constantly getting angry at anything and anyone. He wanted to get rid of the rules because he doesn't see them as part of hunting and staying alive. The causes for the power struggle were the main points of the book and basically made the book the way that it was. He sets the whole island on fire just to get Ralph out. He used to be just on the verge of insanity, but now he's overboard. Ralph is slowly becoming weaker and Jack is capitalizing on it. Jack is not following the rules they had laid down at the beginning. By doing this, he is letting loose his aggression that he doesn't really show in any other parts of the book. The power struggle in the book was between Ralph and Jack. Since Ralph is weaker, Jack is starting to run things.