Power - the Club and Lord of the Flies

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Power Involves People

Abraham Lincoln once said “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”Harry Hook’s of Lord of the Flies (1990) and David Williamson of The club (1977) portray the complexities of power including variations of power and its effectiveness, constructive use of power to benefit subordinates, manipulation of power and how power is used in group situations, in all instances the individual/s use their power to achieve a desirable outcome on their part. Lord of the flies is about a group of young boys stranded on a deserted island, where they are free to create their own civilisation, without the restraints of adults. The club documents the power struggles between various individuals in positions of authority. Through the directors use of characterisation, events and relationships the theme of power is explored .

Power can occur when individuals perform actions that bring about results not only for their own improvement but also for those under their care. In “Lord of the Flies” Hook utilises the technique of symbolism to show positive leaders. Ralph is elected tribe leader and in line with his position of power he establishes rules and regulations for the smooth operation of this society. One of these rules being that whoever holds the conch gets to speak; this allows everyone to contribute their ideas. This is evident when Jack holds the conch and suggests “we should definitely make a fire”. This quote shows Jack’s contribution and how the conch is an effective tool in allowing everyone to have a fair say. The conch is symbolic of civility and authority and remains a vessel of political legitimacy throughout the duration of the text. By Ralph allowing the tribe to put forth their ideas, through the possession of the conch, he has sacrificed some control to create a democratic society. Allowing everyone to have input and have their voice...
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