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.