What could be more perfect, than a group of boys alone on a tropical island? Where there are no adults or rules to live by. This is the setting for Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies”. In this novel, a group of boys get stranded on an island, with no sign of civilization around them except for themselves. At first the boys are prepared to have fun, but It isn’t long until reality sets in. Out of the chaos Ralph and Jack, emerge as potential leaders. Ralph, who is the more levelheaded of the two, represents the civilized side. I believe Ralph is a responsible leader and this is my evidence to support my belief. Ralph is a tall and fair-haired boy about twelve years old. Because of his looks and athletic abilities, the boys think of him as a natural leader. One example that shows that Ralph as an excellent leader, is when he recognizes the need for order. Ralph and Piggy find a conch and decide to use …show more content…
Ralph tries to keep others hopeful so they don’t give up. A quote to support this is, As Piggy tells Jack, "You got your small fire all right"(pg.45 Golding). This fire soon becomes a symbol of hope and rescue temporarily for the time being. Ralph is also a lot more civilized then half the boys on the island. He doesn’t let the island get to him and effect his mental state as much as some other boys. A quote to support this is “Behind him was Roger, fighting to get close. The chant rose ritually, as at the last moment of a dance or a hunt.” and "Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!"...“Right up her ass!”(pg.228 Golding). This capturing of the pig to eat, went to slaughtering to basking in their power over a helpless animal. Also mentioning that Ralph took no part in the shoving of sticks or slitting of throats because, Ralph's main concern was not on feasting, but getting off the
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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
When Ralph is in charge, he never takes true control of the group. “Ralph looked for confirmation round the ring of faces”( Golding 36). Ralphs need for confirmation is what eventually leads to him being downgraded from chief. Ralphs soft outlook creates opportunity for boys to step up and tap into their savage side. “Ralph was on his feet too, shouting for quiet but no-one heard him, all at once the crowd swayed towards the island and was gone---following Jack”(Golding 38).
When trapped on an unknown, mysterious island, people tend to stay together as a group to survive. In “Lord of The Flies” by William Golding, a group of young, unskilled boys wake up unexpectedly and confused on an island. Finding themselves to each other, the group of boys decide that if they all want to survive and find a way out, they would have to choose a leader to be responsible and take care of the rest of the group. In midst of their struggle to survive,so far, Ralph is the most fit to be a great leader because he shows control, thinks of brilliant plans, and looks over everybody in their survival group.
In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Ralph was chosen as a leader due to his charisma and communication skills with the other children. Many of the children begin to lose trust and faith in Ralph as their leader but that doesn't stop Ralph from holding himself at the title of “chief” amongst the boys. Ralph wasn’t able to be a good chief throughout the story which resulted in corruption and chaos with the others. In the beginning of the novel, Ralph was able to persuade all of the boys that there wasn’t anything to fear.
Ralph is much more mature than the other boys for a few reasons, he is the leader of the boys, and he is the biggest boy on the island. In one case scenario of the book, all of the boys were running around and being crazy, and Ralph was mature and calmed them all down. To calm down these boys Ralph says, “We’ve got to talk about this fear and decide there's nothing in it. I’m frightened myself, sometimes; only that’s nonsense! Like bogies.
Ralph was elected the leader of the group because he was the oldest, which implied that he was also the wisest. Pink Monkey describes Ralph as an “innocent, mild tempered boy who enjoys being the leader”. Some might say this proves that Ralph
Spill her blood!" (Golding,69). It shows the bloodthirst the boys have for hunting. When Roger killed the pig he stuck a spear up the pig's rear end and watched as the pig squealed in pain. The boys beat the pig while Jack pierces the pig's throat.
“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’s meaning of power is unique to that of Jack, Piggy, and the littluns, hence his escape from the island’s corruption despite the deaths of Piggy & Simon. His initial desire to start the fire is a representation of maintaining hope, ironically because the fire, which was created by Jack, allowed for their survival. Therefore, Jack’s attempt to defeat Ralph’s characteristic of integrity managed to only find the success of Ralph. It is evident that because of his strength, Ralph is
[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.
Ralph was handsome and had fair hair which made him seem like a more leader like figure to the others. He also showed some initiative by blowing the conch to get all the stranded boys’ attention. At another time when Samneric spotted the “beast” (the parachutist) going through the air and land on top of the mountain no one but Ralph, Simon, and Jack volunteered to go investigate it. This showed that Ralph was somewhat brave and he showed good initiative. Out of all the boys I think that Ralph was probably the most sane.
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
And we 'll look for the snake too--"(Golding 44) Jack says he’ll hunt it he was unable to kill a pig and yet expects himself to be able to kill a beastie. Jack says this to make himself appear stronger than he is. "Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies! But there is no animal--"(Golding 96)
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