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Power and manipulation are evident in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding where boys are stranded on a tropical island in the Pacific without any adults or authority figures Jack Merridew abuses his power and emerges as their leader using fear and torture as he sees fit Similarly in the film The Power of One directed by John G Alvidsen set in South Africa in a time where Apartheid was law Dr Marais and his government maintain power over the majority of black Africans using fear and physical threats to do so For some time power and manipulation are the foundation on which these societies are built however fortunately this does not last forever and things change for the better Lord of the Flies shows how Jack abuses his power and manipulates others to become leader of a society that is based on these same themes Jack gains much of his power through the manipulation of the boys fear of the beast So after exploiting his role in the group he controls them by ousting the previous leader Ralph who tries to convince the group there is no beast Unfortunately Jacks power allows him make him look substandard so they think he is superior This is shown when Jack is able to admit his wrongs Im sorry About the fire I mean There I apologize The buzz from the hunters was one of admiration at this handsome behaviour Jack had done the decent thing and put himself in the right by his generous apology and Ralph obscurely in the wrong Similarly Dr Marais Apartheid regime gives him power over his government and allows him to control the black Africans Like Jack in Lord of the Flies he controls them using physical violence and it is their fear of this that makes them so powerless His authority is epitomised in Barberton prison where the guards constantly beat the blacks They threaten
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