Lord of the Flies


Jack gains power over many of the boys by exploiting their fear of the mythical beast. How does Jack manipulate the myth of the beast to legitimize his authority?

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Jack continually tries to make Ralph look weak by exploiting the idea of the beast. While Ralph tries to rationally dismiss the idea of the existence of a beast, Jack seizes the opportunity to claim that he will hunt and kill the beast thus protecting the other boys. The subtext of Jack's bravado is that Ralph is a weak leader and unable to protect them.