Ralph And Jack In Lord Of The Flies

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The book, “Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding feature two main characters, Ralph and Jack. Ralph and Jack are the same as in they are the only leaders on the island but mainly Ralph is in charge. As the story progresses Jack becomes more focused on hunting and killing while Ralph is more focused on being rescued and making sure the other boys are getting their work done. Ralph consistently does the right thing and this quickly starts interfere with Jack’s selfish and irritable ways. The two constantly butting heads is the main cause in why the boys are struggling to survive on the island. “The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness” (Ch 4, Golding). Jack’s main focus is hunting and…show more content…
This is a main reason Jack is hated among the boys and Ralph is a more effective leader because the boys actually listen. "His mouth was tight and pale. He put back his hair very slowly.....He forced his feet to move until they carried him out onto the neck of the land" (Golding, 130). The boys go looking for the beast exploring parts of the island they have never been too, trusting in Ralph’s command. "I 'm chief," said Ralph, "because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going. Now you run after food--" (Ch 9, Golding). This is another example of how the boys listen to Ralph instead of disobeying him. This shows Ralph was the better leader than Jack because the boys listen to him more than Jack. Ralph and Jack’s character traits are different in many ways. Ralph is athletic, a productive leader, and is overall the one who demonstrates common sense. For example he is the one who conceives meetings, starts the fire, and helps with shelter. Jack is more of the opposite. He is more savage, violent, and has a huge desire for power. As the story continues Jack starts to figure out he can manipulate the boys behavior by scaring them with the beast. Jack influences all the boys instead of Simon, Piggy, and Ralph to be more savage and tricks the boys into taking
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