Power Struggles of History

Josh Schultz
Mr. Lard
Sophomore English
5 October, 2011
Power struggles of History
As the school year progresses, many students may realize that many subjects they are learning in there classes may relate to other classes. This is mostly seen between science classes and math classes. This relative thinking can also be seen between literature and history. In Lord of the Flies, the departure of Jack and his tribe split from Ralph’s group relates to Luther’s split from the Catholic Church.
Ralph’s group is steady and strong in the beginning of the book, but as the power struggle between Ralph and Jack grows to extreme proportions when Jack decides to leave the group for his own selfish and personal power reasons. This relates slightly to Luther’s split for the church when he believed that “faith, and faith alone” brought salvation while the Catholic Church believed that “faith and good works” brought an individual to salvation. This relates to Lord of the flies because, although it is the opposite, it gets the same point through that power may not be able to only be ruled by one person. Ralph may not seem like a likely candidate for being the leader of a group of kids, besides the fact that he is a kid himself. The struggle that Jack and Ralph experience can be seen in the chapter “Gift for the Darkness”. Jack calls an assembly where Ralph rebuttals all of Jack’s points, “Ralph said [Jack’s] hunters are no good… ‘All this talk!’ shouted Ralph. ‘Talk, talk! Who wanted it? Who called the meeting?” (Golding 126). Jack and Ralph fight most of the book, but this is where it really is relative to the situation. This is also true when Luther is called to the Diet of Worms and was tried for his heretic writings including “[Luther] cannot renounce all of [his] works because they are not all the same. [The] first of those books in which [he has] described Christian faith and life so simply that even [his] opponents have admitted that these works are useful -- to...