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.
Especially one as dire and consequential as the boys are put in. Ralph and Jack take it very different ways. While Ralph tries to keep the peace and fails his attempts to sustain civilization, Jack quickly hops on the well-I-guess-we-are-stuck-here train and forms a small tribe of choir boys who stab pigs with sharp sticks. Both have the qualities of a leader. Ralph focuses on the diplomacy and peace but Jack is closer to a savage, ready to survive rather than thrive which is the start of both boys conflict.
Ralph wanted everyone to cooperate and work together so not only he could get rescued but everyone else as well. As for Jack, he was looking to be the ringleader and when he is not, he decides the boys should dedicate their time to hunting food on the island. Ralph was a true leader and without him, civilization would not have been a
Also, Ralph never followed the idea of hunting, because he thought it was savage, but soon learns to appreciate hunting when a boar attacked the group, and Ralph kills it. Evaluation of Behavior (your thoughts): He very well uses his power and his good looks to become the leader. He shows much civilized characteristics compared to Jack. He always goes ahead of the group, and pushes himself to do something that he doesn’t want to for the greater good. Also, he cares for others, and wants everyone to be equal.
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). Despite not actually knowing the identity of the beast, it is destroying the inside of the group and must figure out the truth. Ralph is growing mature as time goes on as now he believes he has to conquer a beast that is the center of terror. This shows Ralph’s change because of how determined he is to climb the mountain and face whatever he comes up against because he must defeat the beast before thinking about
Ralph lost his power because even he changed into a savage, but unlike the rest of the boys, he knew what he did was wrong and decided to stop doing wrong and focus on getting off the island. There was a time when even he questioned who he was and who the other boys were. “What are we? Humans? Or animals?
Ralph, representing civilization and Jack, representing savagery are now heading in different directions. Yet the responsibility of leadership falls on both of them. Some of these boy’s priorities turn away from the signal fire and onto the uncivilized life of the wilderness. Golding includes the human nature to change and adapt to a situation, showing how easy it is for something good to turn bad. On the other hand, Ralph and a few others try their best to keep their only hope of rescue, the fire burning, “Can 't you see we ought to--ought to die before we let the fire out?” (Golding 87).
Perhaps if there were adults on the island doing what Ralph was trying to do, the boys would listen more because society represents grown ups a bit more and grown ups are better at establishing a civilized presence. Adults would control the boys easily and not let the boys be as free as they
Ralph may be falling into evil but overall he is still a kid, and he still has innocence even if it does not amount to the innocence he had upon arriving to the island. Ralph knows that what has happened is wrong, and that they are veering aways from any kind of purity they started with. Jack takes on a new personality toward the end of the book, “He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger. He spilt the water and leapt to his feet, laughing excitedly. Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them” (Golding 31-33).