He can hold it when he's speaking.’” (Golding 36), which gives everybody a chance to voice themselves and support Ralph voluntarily. This strategy of gradually building a positive reputation prior to giving orders to the boys highlights Ralph’s ability to gain authority, whilst acknowledging that he is not superior to any of the boys. This is in comparison to Jack, who falls prey to the excitement of proving his hunting capabilities to the boys, using it as an excuse to lead the boys, which essentially serves as the cause of the chaos the island falls into. He eventually even destroys the conch, symbolizing his role as a catalyst in the loss of democracy, and thus
The writer of the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding symbolizes technology using Piggy’s glasses. Golding describes Piggy’s character in great detail using symbols, which reflect on to his personality as well as civilization. Piggy is a clever boy who shares his knowledge with the rest of the boys throughout the novel, however he is also a victim of asthma and myopia. Myopia is the quality of being shortsighted, which, can be fixed by wearing glasses. Piggy plays a major role throughout the novel and serves as symbols of logic, scientific knowledge as well as inferiority.
“Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.” (Professor Warren G. Bennis, What is Leadership?, Mind Tools Ltd, 1996-2015, accessed 18 05 2015). These are varies type of leaderships but leadership is a skill only a certain group of people are adapted to master, in this case Ralph and Jack in the novel. Ralph is the one who is compassionate and caring; Jack on the other hand acts like a savage beast and is dominant over most of the boys. Being a leader means to you are able to guide people to do tasks right and efficiently by mean of proper planning and encouragement to the rest of his/her followers.
Strength and power can allure an individual to a point where the appeal is intoxicating them so greatly that they are incapable of either realizing or resisting the attraction. As a result, it mutates their sense of reality to the point of no return. This connects strongly to one of the major conflicts the boys struggle within Lord of the Flies written by William Golding. In the novel, Golding displays the boys' conflict with power and order. In the beginning, the boys are eager and celebratory about being alone on this island with no adults since now they can be in charge.
The Lord of the Flies is a book filled with symbols, and the sow’s head and the conch shell are the main ones. These items are powerful symbols, but they each represent different kinds of power that are used in entirely different ways. Jack, who uses the sow’s head to instill fear and suppression over the younger boys, wields the head for a controlling type of power. Ralph, who employs the conch shell to bring all of the boys together as a united group, uses it in an orderly, leadership type of power. The two items’ symbolic meaning all depends on the users.
In the beginning when the boys are first starting to live on the island Ralph proposes a bunch of plans that would have created a successful society amongst them had they actually been put into motion, such as shelters, jobs, taking turns, a fire, and rules. He looked at the big picture of what they could do and thought out of the box to try and solve their problems, however he failed to turn his ideas and plans into reality. “The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach. It wasn’t half cold down there in the night. But the first time Ralph says ’fire’ you goes howling and screaming up this here mountain.
They’ll come when they hear us.” (16). Since the conch also represented the freedom of speech, in chapter two, Simon says, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking.” (33). The conch was a representation of civilization and democracy, and it helped the boys be organized when they had to call meetings. Piggy and Ralph’s idea of having the conch as a way of calling meetings, was an extremely good idea.
In the novel Golding used Jack’s method of control to represent Machiavelli’s ideas of how people should rule. Machiavelli believes that if you are a politician than it doesn’t matter how nice you are, what citizens need most is effectiveness so then you can create overall stability. One of Machiavelli’s biggest believes was that the most effective way to rule is by using necessary cruelty. This is shown effective by Roger when he tortures Sam in Eric until they agree to join Jack’s tribe (Pages 188-189). Although it is wrong torturing Sam and Eric it was an effective way to gain control because now Jack is able to get inside information about
Hobbesian Theory in Lord of the Flies The question of whether man is inherently good or evil has been debated amongst religions, philosophers, and many great thinkers since the beginning of man itself. On one hand, there are those who believe we as humans are naturally moral beings, and it is society that makes us evil. However, others argue society is not only good, but needed to control our inhumane and animalistic tendencies. One of the most famous believers in this theory is English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes. In 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, his idea is expanded upon.
Furthermore, Piggy’s susceptibility is used as a tool to gain popularity by denying him pig meat and excluding him from the discussions. Moreover, the only object representing civilization and technology becomes a sign of power for the savages, even though one of the lenses of the glasses is broken. This distracts all the boys from what they initially aimed for at the first assembly, which is to start a fire in hope for getting
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, after a plane crashes on a deserted island, a group of kids with no adult supervision on the island, the kid have to figure out how to survive and get rescued. Ralph is voted as leader of the group, because he seems like he looked the part and had good charisma. Ralph blows the conch shell to assemble all of the kids to see who survived and to discuss what to do next. At first we see that Ralph does show he can be a good leader by making a plan on how to get rescued and assigning jobs to other kids. But as the book progresses he slowly turns into a bad leader who does not have control over the kids, when he gets frustrated and cannot control the kids to do their jobs.
Simon’s first action on the island, as expected, was to faint as his group of choir boys found the rest of the boys marooned on this island. After awaking, and losing some layers, Simon’s next action was to become one of the most vitally important boys on the island without anyone really noticing. Simon, by nature, is a secondary character, meant to stay in the background, making occasional contributions, but not really meant to develop the story in any way. This would be the case in most other stories, but in The Lord of the Flies by Robert Golding, Simon serves one of the greatest and most important roles of all of the boys: Simon is the brain of the group. Through his consistent positive thinking and ideas, civilized actions and ideologies, and selfless thinking and actions, Simon becomes a complete necessity for the group’s survival.