Leadership In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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From 1924- to 1953, Stalin was the absolute leader of the U.S.S.R, even though he did not make the best or the most thoughtful decisions. He was one of the strongest leaders in the entire history of The United Socialist Soviet Republic. However, many argue that because of the things Stalin ordered others to do, he wasn't the most rational leader, while the same phenomenon is brought up in William Golding's age novel, Lord of the Flies. In this story, a group of boys end up on a stranded island, and to keep everything in the proper order, they have to assign a leader. After a short vote by hands, a boy named Ralph takes the potions of leadership, while another boy, Jack, is highly jealous of Ralph being chosen chief and not him. Because of that, …show more content…

While on the other hand, Jack is by far not the kindest or most rational chief, but he is simply the most outstanding leader because he knows what people desire and how to give it to them. One of the vants wants was food, especially when Jack overheard, "But we want meat!" (Golding 54); he realized it was his time to shine. Immediately after accidentally eavesdropping on that sentence about the need for meat, he announced himself and the people with him as the "hunters." That immediately got everyone's spirit and hoped up, and instead of following Ralph's orders to build shelter, they all made spears and followed Jack to start the hunt. The second Jack figured out what everyone wanted, and he instantly abused that information, temporarily making himself everyone's favorite and technically becoming the second chief. Later on, once Jack and the hunters finally acquire meat, Jack knows that if he is as kind as Ralph, he will lose all of his authority, so he does not provide any meat for Piggy to "leave him in doubt, as an assertion of power" (Golding 74). Jack wanted to show everyone that he could take away food as quickly as he could provide it so that nobody would doubt his position of power. Jack is indisputably the most decisive leader by far, thus meaning he is more substantial than Ralph in the …show more content…

Ralph makes way more rational decisions than Jack, and his solutions to problems always have a better outcome. Since we see Jack desperate for people to join his tribe, and when someone refuses, he orders his followers to "Go on [and] tie them" (Golding 179) and then proceed to torture them until they finally do join the tribe. Jack is a ruthless leader who is willing to do whatever, abuse power, and go on to make the most irrational decisions only to accomplish his single goal, to become the absolute leader. While Ralph is seen with only a few followers, he makes reasonable and rational decisions. For example, after Piggy's glasses get stolen, Ralph suggests, "... take the conch to say this. I can't see more, and we gotta get your glasses back" (Golding 170). Ralph had a brilliant idea of taking the conch to castle rock to remind people that he is the chief, not Jack. In addition, after getting the glasses stolen, he did not panic or freak out but instead instantly started thinking of how to get them

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