Ralph: A Civilized Leader
In the Allegorical Novel, William Golding presents the conflicts between civilization and savagery, and their consequences on society. Ralph, a civilized leader, would be the best suited chief on the island because his inclination towards civilization makes him a compassionate, rational-thinker, who has rules and priorities.
Ralph is elected democratically and is inclusive of everyone. His compassion towards the littluns gives him qualities of a successful leader, because he grants a voice to everyone. While settling on rules, he said, “We’ll have to have ‘hands-up’ like at school” (Golding 33), to give everyone a chance to participate in the rule-making process. Golding compares the school rules to Ralph’s situation, which also compares to a real-world leadership style, democracy. This comparison sheds light on Ralph’s leadership. Ralph says that they’ve “got to look after the littluns” (Golding 57), which portrays his responsibility and compassion towards members of his tribe, making him qualified for becoming chief. …show more content…
Right after his election, he demands that they “have more rules” (Golding 42) and takes it seriously when someone is “breaking the rules” (Golding 42). Golding uses a metaphor to describe his leadership style as a “firm handshake” because a firm handshake symbolizes trust, firmness, and sincerity. Piggy also describes his leadership, comparing “law and rescue” to “hunting and breaking things up” (Golding 180). This comparison showcases two contrasting leadership styles and their consequences on society. Law leads to rescues, which is Ralph’s approach, and hunting leads to breaking things up, which is Jack’s
Golding uses Ralph to show a valuable lesson that in order to be a succesful leader you must lead through rules and laws rather than fear and intimidation. This is because when there are no rules people tend to act out, as while they can't be
This can be shown in Chapter 5 where Ralph states “Now I say this and make it a rule, because I’m chief”. This shows Ralph taking charge and making it known that he is the leader and that everyone needs to listen to what he says. Ralph sets several rules for the boys on the island to follow. Some of these rules include “using the rocks for the lavatory, keeping the fire going, and showing smoke as a signal.” This shows Ralph as being responsible for trying to keep this on the island in check while still thinking about getting rescued from the island.
The book opens with a description of Ralph, he is a fair boy, well-built, and community-minded. He is chosen as leader or “chief” because he is the one who blows the conch to gather the surviving boys. Throughout the beginning of the book Ralph's leadership is shown to be very responsible and the desire to have rules. He has good communication skills with the boy by letting them voice their opinions and always sharing his. He recognizes the importance of building shelters and always has a signal fire on.
Golding shows that although Ralph’s leadership starts off strongly, authority based on order will not survive due to man’s savage nature. Like in a democracy, Ralph gets the position of authority when the boys elect him as their leader. As chief,
Even the choir applauded (Golding, 22).” He also exercises his leadership skills right away, designating a group of boys to hunt for food. In addition, he expresses maturity as he puts Jack, his political rival, in charge of the hunters. A good leader puts individuals in a place where they will thrive the best, which is what Ralph does
Ralph is a source of leadership and authority to the castaway boys on the island. Ralph processes the Conch, the only physical manifestation of authority and society on the island, this symbol is identified and given it significance by Ralph. Ralph is a lasting source of authority, and therefore the former society in which the boys lived in. Ralph’s rationality and natural leadership skills allow him to recognize the need to create a stable and peaceful society on the island that is the exact opposite of the war surrounding the eden that they inhabit. Ralph’s leadership is one based on a positive view of humans as civilized, and founded in morality, which ultimately fail: Socio-political and religious readings of Lord of the Flies converge, not only in the figure of the beast, but also in the question of law: the children 's rules.
“Well, we won’t be painted,” said Ralph, “because we aren’t savages” (172). There are many great leaders all over the world. To be a great leader one must have certain qualities including, being courageous, being responsible, willing to take charge, having all priorities straight on the important things, have determination, and many more. In Lord of the Flies, Ralph shows all of these characteristics and a few more. Out of every boy on the island, Ralph would be the best choice as leader.
[Ralph] is like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn’t a proper chief”[ Golding, 138]. By saying this, Jack is showing the other boys that to survive you need to hunt and be strong, not use your brain. This paints a negative image in the little boys and about Ralph and Piggy, resulting in Jack looking like the best.
The mannered and civilized boy, Ralph, shows excellent survival skills. He uses logic and strategic planning to gain durability in an unfamiliar environment. For example, when the group of boys crashed into the deserted island, he commenced the first meeting and started a bonfire. Another example would be how the boys would come up with assumptions and superstitions of an actual beast that exists in the island, he investigates to find out that it was actually a dead paratrooper, and uses that as evidence to tell everyone to keep calm, (although they didn't believe in him). These events all imply on how Ralph is a natural leader in any given situation.
Although Jack expresses strong desire to become chief, the boys elect Ralph as a leader, suggesting an air of charisma that made him worthy of his position. He believes a leader has to “think, be wise… grab at a decision”, someone who can look after others and keep the group in
(Golding). Ralph is also able to display his charisma by having the mass support of his followers as seen on page 127 where Jake questions Ralph’s ability to be a leader and then asks the boys to follow them but to no avail due to their loyalty to Ralph. “Who thinks Ralph oughtn’t to be chief… His voice trailed off.” (Golding 127).
Another reason that Ralph fits the role of a good leader is that he is not strict on rules. This may not seem like a good characteristic of a leader, but because he is leading boys from ages 5-12, they cooperate because he is not strict on rules. On page 35, Ralph declares that, “This is our island. It is a good island. Until grownups come fetch us we’ll have fun.”
Towards the middle of the book, Jack starts to push Ralph more, he starts making Ralph become stricter, and enforce the rules, and in turn, leads Ralph to do things that would surprise everybody, like hitting the boar in the snout with the spear, and getting mad at Jack, and fighting him. Even stepping up in the very beginning, Ralph may not be the strongest leader, or the bet at hunting, but he has the best people skills, he wants to make sure what he’s doing is in best regards for the group, and that everyone is on board with it. Another reason why Ralph is a good leader, is because when he calls a meeting, he tries to keep it as organized as possible by only letting the person with the conch shell