Throughout both stories, “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, and “The Phone” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, some characters abuse their power. Although most people abuse power when it is given to them, these characters use it in unique, uncommon ways.
In the Lord of the Flies, the abuse of power is used in several different ways. For example, once Ralph met Piggy, he immediately realized he was “different” and began to call him Piggy, specifically after Piggy said he hated that name. Also, he kept reffering to him by “fat boy” and would tell him to shut up. Ralph would also tease him about his aunt, and his asthma, as did Jack.
Although Ralph and Jack both verbally abuse Piggy, Jack also physically abuses him. For example, in chapter 4, he punches Piggy. Piggys’ glasses fall off his face and break. Then later on in the story he steals the remaining parts of Piggys’ glasses and uses them to create a fire. Jack knew if his clan could steal the glasses that they could control and continue to have a fire. Since Jacks’ clan members had allowed the fire to go out before, they needed a way to restart it.
The kids realized that the glasses proved more successful than rubbing sticks or stones together to create a spark and they also knew that the theft of the glasses also reduced Piggy (probably the most intelligent boy on the island) to basically a blind boy who needed help to get around, and do simple tasks.
Not once in the book did Jack have the mentality that he was not in charge. He always believed he was the chief. Even though he and Ralph started out as friends, it was always an uneasy, competitive alliance. Jack became consumed with hunting and got a thrill out of killing the pigs. He used the meat and the promise of fun and games to gain control over the other boys. Those who were not convinced by bribery to join his tribe, were threatened into it.
Ralph, who started out in the beginning just wanting to have fun, eventually became a true leader and had to basically take over the...