In the story there are three things that make Ralph and Jack different. “The Lord of The Flies” shows three different themes they included leadership differences, Ralph has more humanity, and how Ralph matured when they were on the island. Leadership, is one of the main themes in this book. When the boys crash on the island they come together to find that they need some leadership to be able to stay alive. At first Ralph shows that he really is capable of being a good leader.
Ralph becomes infuriated when he discovers that Jack and the other boys left the Fire unattended to hunt. After Jack comes back with a successful kill, Ralph immediately confronts him and says, "There was a ship out there. You said you 'd keep the fire going and you let it out" (74). Ralph expresses his disappointment in Jack and implies that they missed possibly their only chance to be rescued. The Fire causes Jack and Ralph to provoke tension between themselves, eventually leading to deeper conflicts that drives the plot continuously in the novel.
I think the author is trying to say that the boys have lost their civilized side, and the rules are the only thing keeping them from turning on each other. The symbolism in this passage is important to the story because it shows the progression of the characters from static to dynamic. I dislike the idea dynamic characters in Lord of the Flies because a dynamic character that changes throughout a novel and the change the boys have gone through isn’t delightful. “‘You haven’t got the conch,’ he said. ‘Sit down.’
He thrust his left hand back up inside the neck, tugged. His clenched hand he held up toward mother earth, opened his palm displays the warrior’s brain. Warrior’s thoughts and wisdom he presented to their island, saying they will become part of the island as well. Help those living on it make good decisions, tossed it into the island’s stomach. It bursts into flames, as it became part of the island.
Ralph, one of the most important characters in the novel serves as the human ego, a subconscious mind that works by reason and common sense. However, even the conscious and reasonable mind can vanish in a society with no structure and civilization. At the beginning of the novel, Ralph asserts “… We can help them to find us… a ship comes near the island they may not notice us…we must make smoke on top of the mountain…” (38). Ralph focuses on the important and common sense actions that need to be taken in order to survive and get rescued. Even so, Ralph is being diminished by the savagery committed by Jack and his hunters, the quotes “He tried to remember…we want smoke…
Mouhcine Kadhi Mr. Trinter English III 2/11/15 From Civilized to Savaged The boys in the ‘Lord of the Flies’ novel change civilization to savagery. As time passes, the buys start disobeying the rules they made in the beginning till they stopped following all of them. This shift reveals Golding’s belief that without adult society, children will lead to savagery. Early in the book, the boys decided who would be the leader that would guide them and tell them what to do. They were arguing about who should be chief until Roger spoke up, “Let’s have a vote.”
The boys on the island much prefer hunting with Ralph’s rival, Jack, than following his instructions to keep a rescue fire burning on the mountain. Ralph constantly tries to convince them that building shelters and
William Golding 's allegorical novel, Lord of the Flies, investigates two important themes; the importance of civilization and the dangers of the evil that lurks inside all of us. In the beginning of the novel, the boys were stranded on the island with no parental guardians, and the exploration begins with how they will survive. Ralph believed that if they kept a fire going, they could have a chance of being rescued. Insecurities lead to the boys believing that there was a beast. The beast symbolizes the instinct of being savage, which Simon later stated that “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only in us.”
Still being a teen, Jack fails at this obstacle of change during his first attempt as he can’t deal with the killing of a living organism after first arriving. Jack is still very connected to his identity as a civil individual and therefore struggles when killing the pig since he is forced to change, express leadership and be productive, however isn’t able to kill it as “There came a pause… only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be... Jack’s face was white under the freckles… the unbearable blood.” (Golding, 31). Thus, witnessing failure in the beginning of novel as he is gaining experience from a new life where civility is ignored and savagery is widely required, in order to be productive, gain authority and survive.
At first, the civilization is still intact with boys but as the novel progresses on, the boys develop a savage trait and their sense of civilization begins to dissipate. Jack and Ralph’s opposite mindsets are shown in the novel like the right to speak during meeting, when the group hunts pigs, the struggle over Piggy’s glasses, and finally with Simon’s death. Jack felt that without rules, a person is free to do whatever he desires, which exposes their true nature and it is almost if he does not know the difference between rights and wrong. Savagery and civilization is the common theme for the novel and as these two strong forces clash so do the boys. Ralph’s attempt to civilized the island is overtaken by the savagery that Jack holds.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Ralph demonstrates the most leadership of all the boys on the island because he understood the importance of rules, always kept the important things in mind, and was respected. The first body paragraph of my essay would address how Ralph is one of the only boys who acknowledges the importance of rules. I would use a quote from page 98 that shows Jack rejecting the rules. This shows that, unlike Ralph, Jack does not care for the rules. Next, I would mention Ralph’s ability to always keep his mind on what was important.
Ralph’s vision is more logical unlike Jack’s vision. For example, when Ralph was yelling at Jack he states “I was talking about smoke! Don’t you want to be rescue? All you can talk about is pig, pig, pig!”(55).Evidently this is an example of Ralph’s vision to get off the island. Ralph tells Jack that he doesn’t have the conch.
Imagine being stranded on island with a bunch of strangers and no possessions. Having to leave your old life, family, and civilization all behind. Just imagine. Meanwhile, In William Golding’s novel, he uses symbolism to tell the allegory of a few boys whose flight crashed into a deserted island in which they were left to fend for themselves. In the novel Ralph and the fire both connect to the theme that Golding references as a good vs evil where evil ultimately overtakes humanity.
When Franklin D Roosevelt was in the presidential race with Herbert Hoover, he said something that has had an impact American citizens since 1932, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Although some people believe he was a loiter and had some pretty bad policies as president, he had something going with this quote. While most presidents typically produce quotes that make you want to fear yourself into voting for them, FDR decided to lift the fear factor altogether. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the boys allow fear to consume them and take over their sense of judgement, much like FDR warned Americans of nearly 100 years ago. Fear can cause your mind to react in ways you have no control over.
Have you ever noticed the tension between Tom and Jerry that was unspoken on but acted on ? Lord of the Flies , written by William Golding was written during The Cold War when revival bobbing started children where moved to rural areas to protect future generations of citizens . Ralph was a character from Lord of the Flies , he was approximately 12 years old and was the chief of the group . Britain tried to avoid a war with Germany ; Hitler broke the treaty agreement and war was set in motion around 3.5 million people were relocated . Ralph believes in order , uses his aggression to manipulate piggy , and controls things around him with common sense without the input of anyone else .