Ralph And Jack In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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In the 1954 novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a plane crashes near a nice island, leaving a group of boys of various ages deserted and left to their own devices. After they collect and meet, they realize they can do what they want until it comes down to how they're going to survive. Ralph does a fair job at trying to run the group, while Jack simply manipulates the group because of their very different ways of being the leader.

In the beginning of the novel, Ralph, the protagonist introduced as athletic, charismatic type and Piggy, who is described as overweight with asthma and thick glasses, seemed to have a good system they use to manage the group well. It works for a while because they can use it without having to use fear or negative motivation to control the boys. They seemed to have this type of codependency on each other. Piggy gave ideas, Ralph used them. A good example of this is when they discover the conch shell.
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Jack is always wanting to go hunting and have a more savage “tribe”, while Ralph wishes to keep the group civilized and neat. Because they both have contrary beliefs, they butt heads and disagree very often. Readers can see this play out when a few boys (Including Ralph and Jack, who’re the main two arguing) who went off to decide if they need to let Piggy know what’s going on. “Jack cleared his throat and spoke in a queer, tight voice. ‘We mustn’t let anything happen to Piggy, must we?’” (117). When Simon speaks up and says he’ll go. Ralph turns to look at Jack, clearly ticked off. This part of the text shows how Jack is already not too fond of Piggy and Ralph is annoyed about Jack’s sarcasm because he believes he’s right and values Piggy.

In summary, Lord of the Flies is a novel about a bunch of boys who get stuck on a deserted island and have the proper resources, and Ralph and Jack have different ways charge to control it
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