Cost Of Leadership In Lord Of The Flies

1434 Words6 Pages
The Cost of Contrasting Leadership In the 1940s, William Golding experienced the Second World War - a grave time of horrible happenings. Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, witnessed the different approaches to leadership during war, and how these approaches shaped society in various ways. The theme of differing leadership types is evident in Lord of the Flies, set during World War II, in which a plane crash leaves a group of British school boys stranded on an island. In the book, we are introduced to two boys in pursuit of power - Jack and Ralph. The contrast of their leadership portrays Jack as a Machiavellian and Ralph as a democratic leader which displays their struggle for power to either destroy or benefit the community. Ralph gains his power through a democratic election, while Jack forcefully grasps it. Piggy and Ralph are the first boys who find the conch shell. Piggy decides that they should blow it to call any others on the island, but submits it to Ralph to blow, giving the reader a glimpse at Ralph’s soft power over Piggy. Since Ralph now holds the conch, he is already a symbol of authority and leadership, foreshadowing his soft power over the other boys. Once others arrive, Ralph makes an authoritative decision. “Seems like we ought to have a chief to decide things.” (22). In this quote, Ralph is already demonstrating his abilities as a leader by giving directions. In the community of the boys, Ralph stood out due to, “...his size, and attractive

More about Cost Of Leadership In Lord Of The Flies

Open Document