The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding takes us to an abandoned island, where there is a fight for leadership among boys. Jack and Ralph were friends but when civilization is tested. Jack turns to savagery. Ralph struggles to survive and bring back order and civilization. The two boys Jack and Ralph although became enemies have similarities. They both fight for dominance as leaders. Ralph uses civil means he created a democracy. Jack used chaos and fear he created a dictatorship. The antagonist Jack and protagonist Ralph have different personalities, but the boys can be compared and contrasted. They both want leadership, respect, and survival. Their different views lead to different governments and outcomes of leadership.
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Ralph genuinely cares about the well-being of the kids. Even though Piggy is fat and disregarded by many of the kids Ralph still lets him talk. Jack once again on cares about the meat and proving his superiority. When the beastie first appears in the story there were two different outcomes from the two characters. "He must have had a nightmare. Stumbling about among all those creepers.more grave nodding; they knew about nightmares. “ (Golding 44) Ralph made it so they would think it was a nightmare. Thinking it was but a nightmare comforted the children. This also shows that he cares for the littluns because after this line when jack say they 'll hunt it he makes it clear the beast does not exist. In addition, Ralph wants to build shelters to keep the littluns safe because they are afraid. "Ralph 's right of course. There isn 't a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we 'd hunt it and kill it. We 're going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody. And we 'll look for the snake too--"(Golding 44) Jack says he’ll hunt it he was unable to kill a pig and yet expects himself to be able to kill a beastie. Jack says this to make himself appear stronger than he is. "Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies! But there is no animal--"(Golding 96) Jack dislikes the littluns he treats them with harshness calling them crybabies and weak. This shows that he does not care about anyone. The children trust Ralph more, so when the beastie appears they call out for him. “And I was frightened and started to call out for Ralph and then I saw something moving among the trees, something big and horrid."(Golding 98) The littlun calls for Ralph, not Jack the hunter this shows that subconsciously the littluns trust Ralph more than Jack. Which means on the contrary from Jack. Ralph cares for the littluns. There were a few times Ralph was angry when Jack let the
When we first meet Jack in the book He tries using ethos to persuade the boys to vote for him, he told them he was already a leader and was in charge of the choir so he should be chief. Nonetheless, Ralph was voted chief. During one of the first meetings, one of the littluns mentions they are scared of a “beastie” and Ralph simply just says “there isn’t a beastie!” Jack tells them that when he and his choir, or hunters, go hunting they will find it and kill the beast if it is real (Golding 36). We can see that Jack uses the littluns’ fear to gain their trust and make himself seem powerful, therefore he uses pathos to persuade the littluns.
Ralph wanted to remain in power because he knew he wouldn’t do stupid things and kill people. He knew once Jack convinced the boys to join his tribe to have fun, his leader role was gone. In fact, this didn’t stop Ralph from trying to have a say in Jack’s actions. Ralph always wanted to do what was best for the boys. Even if the boys didn’t see it because they wanted to have fun like Jack.
Ralph is trying to get everyone on the island organized and they each would have a role but Jack wants to take over the island and rule it. The dictator in Jack becomes dominant in his personality during the panic over the beast sighting on the mountain. In trying to get Ralph impeached, he uses his rhetorical skills to twist Ralph's words. In defense, he offers to the group a rationale that "He'd never have got us meat," asserting that hunting skills make for an effective leader.
Democratic power can be used to control a society, as well as establish a closeness as civilians. To lose sight of this can mean the corruption of a civilization caused by the lack of order. One’s choice of independence in order to better the chances of their survival requires complete dedication and willingness to risk. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Ralph loses his democratic power due to his failure to ensure survival and protect the boys as a leader. Ralph’s failure to lead the group is due to his initial and chronic independence and inability to compete with Jack’s followers, accounted for mainly by fear.
In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, leadership is an important element. Without it, everything would be chaotic and unorthodox. Jack, as a leader, helps everyone to take care of the problems they are facing in the moment; and that is why I would follow him over anyone else in the novel. His actions resemble what coaches would look for in their athletes, but less extensive. For instance, a football coach focuses on the week they are on instead of thinking about finals.
How Absolutely does Absolute Power Corrupt? Stranded, alone, no adults in sight. The boys in Lord of the Flies by William Golding were being evacuated from their school during the war, when their plane crashed on a small, uninhabited island. All adults were lost in the crash, only boys of various ages between twelve and six survived. Someone needs to be in charge, right?
In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Ralph and Jack compete to have the title of chief, this illustrates Golding's message that in society dictatorship can be more successful than democracy. Characters in this novel resemble people in WWII. Jack is a symbol of dictatorship and Ralph is a symbol of democracy. Though in the beginning of the novel Ralph had control, Jacks dictatorship caused him to take total control. Between the two boys Jack is the more successful leader.
In the book, Ralph says, “I’m scared. Not of the beast, that too. But nobody else understands the fire.” Ralph tries to be the leader and control the boys with survival on the island. Ralph also tries to go against Jack, most of the time, being fearless which I do
In the book The Lord of the Flies we can see that many conflicts happen while the kids are in the island, most of these conflicts are struggled to be solved. The main conflict and the one that I 'm going to be talking about is the conflict between Ralph and Jack, were both boys compete for power. Ralph is more civilized and tries to make a fire and build tents while Jack is more of a savage who uses violence and wants to hunt all the time. Its is easy to see that in this literary piece the author uses many conflicts to make the reader visualize wants happening in the island. Ralph is voted by the boys to be the leader of the group, in the book he represents leadership, civilization and order.
He gradually calls a meeting as he sees that the littluns are being driven by fear. He precedes to ask if the beast was actually seen by any of the boys and if it is real like a true leader would. As the littluns talk, they are made fun of by Jack but Ralph still insists on learning what they are afraid of. He understands that if the beast is real he must be able to defend the group from it as he is the leader. Ralph remains to be fair and starts to say, “we’ll have a vote on them; on ghosts I mean; and then go to the shelters because we’re all tired” (90).
After the boys catch their first glimpse at what they imagined was the beast, Jack calls his own assembly to address the issue. As Jack leads his own meeting instead of Ralph, he immediately exerts this new authority in an attempt to overthrow Ralph as chief, exclaiming, “He’s like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn 't a proper chief,” (Golding 92).
In chapters 6 and 7, there are more signs of Jack and everyone else disobeying Ralph, implying the further strain of Jack and Ralph’s relationship. In Chapter 8, Ralph angered Jack simply by calling him and his hunters cowardly and ineffective. In response, he unsuccessfully tries to impeach Ralph then permanently runs away into the forest, with many others joining him. A small provocation from Ralph causing Jack to form his own separate group shows how volatile the tension in their relationship now is. It can also be seen that Jack now fully rejects Ralph’s leadership in favour of his own.