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The novel Lord of the Flies and the short story “I Only Came to use the Phone” share the main idea of abused power. Characters in both storied prove that having power over others isn’t always necessarily a good thing. These characters lose their morals and begin to act animalistic due to the immense amount of power that they hold over others. Without morals to differentiate the difference between regular human-like behaviors, the characters with power act in inappropriate ways, causing chaos. This chaos carries on throughout each story due to the fact that the authority figures mask the truth that would resolve the main conflict of each story, ending the chaos.
The power given to some of the characters in each story gets to their heads and they seem to lose all morals and begin to act in a way that is inhuman-like due to this. In the novel Lord of the Flies Jack becomes obsessed with hunting pigs, he turns into a predator, hunting pigs as prey. Since many of the boys look up to Jack, they also partake in his violent, animalistic acts. The boys encourage Jack’s predatory behaviors, which leads him further form his previous, civilized character. When Jack catches a pig and is preparing himself to kill it, the other boys chant, “Kill the pig. Cut his throat. Spill his blood.” (Page 69) encouraging to Jack to pursue his act of violence. Not only do the boys push Jack to act violently, they act out the killing of the pig after he has slayed one. After jack slaughtered a pig a boy named Maurice pretends to be the pig, running and squealing as a few of the boys circle in, pretending to beat him as the rest of the boys dance and sing. (Page 75) In the short story “I Only Came to use the Phone”, the night matron also acts a...

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...h the highest title of authority at the sanatorium. Jack from Lord of the Flies and the director from “I Only Came to use the Phone” easily mask the truth that would have easily resolved the main conflict in each story.
The novel Lord of the Flies and the short story “I Only Came to use the Phone” share the main idea of abused power, this idea is shown through the loss of morals and animalistic behaviors of characters with authority and power, the chaos caused by these characters and the masking of the truth about the main conflict. In both stories, the authority figures cause more chaos than the people they are to be keeping organized. Both stories interpret that one person, or a few people, having too much power will eventually lead to the deterioration of their morals and eventually will cause the downfall of what that person or group of people is in charge of.
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