Barbara Jordan Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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Where would we be without acceptance in the world today? All of us would be living in a society where everyone was frightened of being different. Barbara Jordan’s quote, “We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves”, mirrors the thought that acceptance is crucial in today’s ever-changing world. The two pieces of text that will be analyzed and related to the aforementioned quote are Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, and Texas vs. Johnson: Majority Opinion, which was written by Justice William Brennan. In the novel by William Golding, a group of schoolboys experience a plane crash and find themselves on an island in the middle of nowhere. Quickly, tensions soar as the dispute over power…show more content…
The first way is that because Jack didn’t accept the children for who they were, there was friction between him and the rest of the boys. In the first chapter, an attempt at civilization was made. Jack states that he himself should be elected chief, but he is ignored by the group of young castaways. Another boy from the back of the pack shouts that they should hold a vote, which, of course, everyone except Jack agrees to. The children elect Ralph as leader because of his welcoming and laid back character. Jack’s temper flairs in this moment because he can’t accept the fact that Ralph’s qualities make him more suitable to be chief. Ralph then feels obligated to accommodate to Jack’s need for power. This part of the story symbolizes Jack’s ignorance for others’ opinions. Without accepting other people’s differences, conflicts are established. With that being said, near the end of the book, Jack couldn’t take not having any authority anymore. He formed his own tribe, which planned to hunt down Ralph’s group. Eventually, that dispute for leadership in the beginning led to Piggy’s life being lost. The second way that this book relates to the quote is that Ralph was thought of highly because of his leadership capabilities and his acceptance towards others. In the first chapter, Ralph is promptly elected
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