Ralph, Jack, and “The Littluns”: The Game Changers As soon as Ralph blew the conch, gathering the boys around him, they decided to keep order by establishing a system in the hopes of having a chance to be rescued. A power struggle between Ralph and Jack had split the votes, but in the end, Ralph was crowned as chief. This society seemed as though it was solid under Ralph’s genuine leadership, but with differing opinions and views of what was really important, this society treaded towards rough waters. The author made a point to the reader that each character had a specific job in helping the civilization: Jack was the power hungry hunter, Ralph was the motivated leader, and the “Littluns” was the lower class with the biggest population. Many boys followed the peculiar noise through the island and gathered around Ralph. It was decided right there that he was the leader, and there was no way out now. “… there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch” (23). Ralph held the conch, the very symbol that brought the boys together. Many rules were established by Ralph with the help of other older boys. To this ragtag civilization, he was the very representation of the law. The first impression of …show more content…
The society they built within the first meeting held every boy accountable for something within the group, to keep it fair. Whether it was a huge role like Jack leading the tribe or a smaller role like the Littluns holding the power in numbers as the lower class, every role was important. The author made a point to the reader that each character had a specific job in helping the civilization; Jack was the power hungry hunter, Ralph was the motivated leader, and the “Littluns” was the lower class with the biggest
After this tragic event, everyone but Sam and Eric and a few littluns join Jack’s tribe and they fight. Jack, “made a rush and stabbed at Ralph’s chest” (177). He is challenging civilization, represented by Ralph. With no rules, Jack becomes more violent and tortures Sam and Eric into joining his tribe and makes them tell him where Ralph is hiding to hunt and kill him. While Ralph is hiding from Jack’s tribe, “another double cry at the same distance gave him a clue to their plan” (195).
The boys weren’t committed with their jobs and that was what made Ralph upset. Ralph was building the shelter for the littluns because they were afraid of the beast. The littluns didn’t even bother to help Ralph build the shelter so he needed to have a meetings for the littluns to not fool around so they could do their work. He shows the group how bad one of the shelters were because there were only two people were working on it. This meeting was suppose to let the group know not to mess around
Moreover, as some of the boys stop clamoring for unity they begin to lose hope “If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it” (p. 92). In this quote, Ralph who was previously an honorable leader is now tolerating the savagery and squandering the idea of a fire assisting their rescue. Furthermore, Jack who seems to be the most popular leader, is the first to condemn the conch as seen in his quote “We don't need the conch anymore” (p.102). Jack emphasizes how the conch is ineffectual, symbolizing his aspiration to achieve all
He becomes one of the prominent leadership figures and his interest in establishing a society aligns with Ralph’s, the first elected leader, but he shows a propensity for aggressive behavior by yelling that it would "serve [them] right if something did get [them], you useless lot of cry-babies!" (Golding 64). Choosing to attack the young boys for their fears plays into Jack’s fanaticism about his nearly-embraced island life. Becoming defensive about what he is doing for the group, he attacks the same people he attempts to govern. Later, the ideological differences between Jack and Ralph prove too great, and Jack sets fire to the island in his bid to kill him, “smoke...seeping through the branches in white and yellow wisps, the patch of blue sky overhead turned to the color of a storm cloud” (152).
Elected as leader of the island, at the beginning of the novel, Ralph represents the need of order, civilization, and productivity. He focuses on what the desired needs of himself as well as the other boys are. “’You hunters! You can laugh! But I tell you smoke is more important than the pig, however often you kill one.
This statement shows that Ralph is in control on the island . He is starting to put things into common reasoning such as the conch being where they would have gatherings also the idea to start a fire to attain being rescued . Ralph being in charge is actually beneficial to the other boys around him because he introduces them to reasonable acts taken as a whole to help them remain civilized and attempt being rescued
Although the insular setting affects the boys in many negative ways, it provides Ralph with a heightened sense of leadership and independence resulting in respect from all of the boys and his election as chief. Ralph fills the power hiatus left by the man with the megaphone and lack of another adult figure. Upon realizing this gap, a “Delight of a realized ambition [overcomes] him” (Golding 8), and Ralph’s intrinsic desire to be a leader immediately becomes significant. Instantaneously, Ralph fills the figurehead position that the island’s disconnectedness forces upon the boys. To them, the megaphone symbolizes authority, so when Ralph blows the conch for the first time to unite the boys, a deep respect develops inherently in them for him.
It illustrates how his views differ on those around him. Jack considers some boys less significant than others, like a hierarchy. From the beginning, Jack believes that he should be the chief of the boys as a king would be to his people. Jack and
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
How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Is a fire too much for us to make?” This shows that Ralph used the conch to call for a meeting for the kids to discuss things and used his deep concerns for the fire to try to drive the other kids to work harder on it. Jack’s leadership however is, “I’m not going to be part of Ralph’s lot-… Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too.”
He is also described as being in an intermediate state, who has “lost prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence” (p11). From this, the readers can infer that Ralph is still just another innocent boy not ready to realize the malicious evils of mankind. The other boys initially accept Ralph as a leader. He is the first to summon all the boys with the conch, which serves as a symbol and token of authority.
Jack’s tribe is unquestionably innocent of civil disobedience. Jack’s tribe did contribute to the make-shift society on the island as well as the well-being of its inhabitants. After a long, hard day of hunting Jack comes back and provides his tribe with food, heat, and protection. He does this in an almost fatherly manner. “[Jack] even [stands] up and [waves] his spear to tell his tribe [to] take [Ralph and Piggy] some meat.”
Everyone has this underlying darkness within them that is hidden away deep inside the nooks and crannies of their hearts. Golding demonstrates this through the use of his major characters, Ralph and Jack. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, the author William Golding utilizes character development to suggest the idea that when individuals are separated from civilization, dark forces will arise and threaten unity and harmony. Golding presents the protagonist, Ralph, who is decently intelligent and completely civilized, to demonstrate how once individuals are pulled away from civilization, the dark forces within them will arise and change how they are for the time being.
Ralph was the leader of the civilized group, and Jack was the leader of the savage and bloodthirsty hunting group. Important arguments between the civilized boys and savage boys come up in three important moments throughout the book: when the signal fire is allowed to go out and a boat passes by the island, when Jack leaves the civilized group to create his group of savages, and when the savages steal Piggy’s glasses to make their own fire. The first key moment near the beginning of the book shows the growing tension between civilization and savagery. It comes up when
Throughout the book we witness the power struggle between Jack and Ralph, we watch as Jack undermines Ralph's authority and gains control of the boys on the island. Jack's leadership is powerful, he understands how to coerce others into following him and is exceptional at controlling his crowd. Take for example him leading the crowd of hunters, “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood” (Golding 56).