Jack persuaded the other boys to make a fire to scare away the beast. This shows Jack’s willingness to secure power. When people have the opportunity to hold the “conch,” they are able to transform into severe savages, disregarding civilization’s moral beliefs. In general, this can be noticed in politics, taking into account that conservative parties regularly want to preserve hierarchy, not wanting to change social status, by imposing tax breaks for corporations and the elite. Specifically, at the start of the book, Ralph wanted the choir to serve under his command, but Jack persuaded Ralph to lead his own group.
When Ralph notices the boys are losing hope of being rescued, to keep the fire going he says, “The fire is the most important thing on the island. How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Is a fire too much for us to make?...We’ve got to make smoke up there-or die”(Golding 80-81). Ralph makes a great point in his opening assembly speech. The fire is the only hope that they have at living a normal life.
When It Comes To Leaders In The Lord Of The Flies-- Ralph Is Better In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of boys crash on an island. After the crash the boys find one another and Ralph (one of the boys) is declared leader via voting and the opponent, Jack, is not too fond of the outcome. Jack starts his own lot, and majority of the boys go because Jack is fun; he may be more exciting, but Ralph is a better leader. Ralph earned the role of chief before his character is fully shown, but he is in the rightful position. Ralph is a better leader because he thinks about each of the boys and does his best to get them of the island.
As ‘Merridew’, he is the successful chapter chorister and head boy. As ‘Jack’, he fails to become chief, to kill the pig or to keep the fire going. As the ‘awesome stranger’, he overcomes the shame of his prior failures, kills the pig and becomes chief. Finally, as chief, he gets the boys to follow him without question. Ultimately, these changes are the result of his need to avoid
Golding uses a group of boys to show that even in, children, the thing society sees as the most innocent can still become corrupted by an environment full of evil. Golding creates the character, Jack, the tough hunter but it takes Jack a little while to completely take on this role. In the quote, “‘I was going to,’ said Jack. He was ahead of them, and they could not see his face” (Golding 31), Readers can see Jack fail to kill a pig, Jack makes excuses as to why he did not kill it, however the reader can infer Jack did not have the heart to kill it because of his morals. Jack still has his initial innocence but later Golding shows how Jack will break his morals.
Through examination of Lord of the Flies, Golding seems to share this point of view. When left in an environment lacking authority, the boys attempt to follow the fundamental rule of nature, electing Ralph as their leader and for a time, following his rules. However, when another boy desired the same position, competition arose and Ralph was revealed to be less powerful and disrespected by the group. Jack found his power in feeding off the other boys’ fears, and using violent, animalistic techniques, which proved to be what they truly desired. War broke out between the two, as Hobbes predicted would happen in such circumstances, and morality was only restored when a powerful figure of authority finally arrived on the island.
Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it. This is juxtaposed with Jack wanting to hunt yet again. Jack takes the boys and uses them to assist in killing the pig, but, coincidentally, a ship passes the island while Jack has the boys that were responsible for keeping the fire going (Golding 68). This once again shows evidence of Jack’s insistence on the need to hold power. He feels that orders from Ralph don 't apply to him.
In the beginning when the boys are first starting to live on the island Ralph proposes a bunch of plans that would have created a successful society amongst them had they actually been put into motion, such as shelters, jobs, taking turns, a fire, and rules. He looked at the big picture of what they could do and thought out of the box to try and solve their problems, however he failed to turn his ideas and plans into reality. “The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach. It wasn’t half cold down there in the night. But the first time Ralph says ’fire’ you goes howling and screaming up this here mountain.
Jack even said, “If only I could get a pig!” (46), Whenever he was asked if he cared. Jack’s tribe did nothing but hunt. They hunted so much, which distracted them from learning survival skills. This also distracted them from keeping a smoke signal in the air, unlike Ralph’s tribe. Ralph’s tribe worried about keeping the fire going.
Ralph, Jack, and “The Littluns”: The Game Changers As soon as Ralph blew the conch, gathering the boys around him, they decided to keep order by establishing a system in the hopes of having a chance to be rescued. A power struggle between Ralph and Jack had split the votes, but in the end, Ralph was crowned as chief. This society seemed as though it was solid under Ralph’s genuine leadership, but with differing opinions and views of what was really important, this society treaded towards rough waters. The author made a point to the reader that each character had a specific job in helping the civilization: Jack was the power hungry hunter, Ralph was the motivated leader, and the “Littluns” was the lower class with the biggest population. Many boys followed the peculiar noise through the island and gathered around Ralph.