When the other boys hear the conch, they gather” (Novel for Students 176-177). This critic is stating that even though the boys are stranded on an island they can still work together to survive. The novel states, “They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority…” (Golding 59). This quote shows that the boys on the island saw the conch as a sign of authority and the meaning of being civilized. The conch shell also is a major symbol of power and respect in the novel.
A leader is someone you can look up to, listen to, and trust to be fair. “When challenged, they don’t give in too easily, because they know their ideas, opinions, and strategies are well-informed and the result of much hard work” (Economy). In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, Ralph is presented as the voted leader of the stranded boys who survived their plane crash arrival. Ralph competes against Jack, the antagonist, for his elected position. Throughout the novel, Ralph displays traits of his ability to assess, prioritize, and lead in a selfless manner.
There is symbolism in its characters, in the items, and their ideas. All of the symbols however will go along with the theme. The conch in Lord of the Flies represents order and power, in all civilizations there need to be some kind of hierarchy. The huts they built represent their teamwork and safety they need to be civilized. However, the painted faces symbolize the fact that the boys can hide behind a mask and not feel guilty about.
The greater therefore should our courage be. There is some soul of goodness in things evil, would men observingly distill it out. For our bad neighbor makes us early stirrers, which is both healthful and good husbandry.”(IV.I.1-7). Even when overwhelming odds are against them King Henry still lifts the spirits of his men. He encourages his men to be men of strength because of the great danger and although they must wake up early it will make them healthy.
Through the communication with his father and the friendship that he developed with Leka, he realizes that his life is in his own hands and he should not allow any factors to overcome or even undermine himself. At the beginning, he thought if he embraces all the “ standard ideas” that are held by his father, he will feel appreciative and pleasant. However, it is totally in an adverse consequence. In virtue of the behavior that he wakes “ the Polack” from the nightmares, it discloses his bravery of withstanding his father’s extreme theory and his rationally to balance the influences that are imposed by others ( from his father, the pulp mill men, Leka). According to the transformation of Stephen, the writer affirmed his idea that no matter how huge or how compelled the situation is, individuals are the sole persons that can alter their lives.
The author uses the words “yet most powerfully” to convey that the boys’ society responds to the conch as a symbol of authority. The shell commands civilized behavior from the group of boys and grabs their attention immediately. The word “powerfully” itself argues the conch’s ability to instantly gain the respect of the little boys to elect a leader. It assists in keeping order and civilization intact on the island. Golding uses the word “obscurely” in order to symbolize that the conch has so much influence that it can subliminally sway the boys’ opinion of its beholder.
Someone needs to be in charge, right? One boy, Ralph was unwillingly thrust into power because of his attractiveness and easy-going personality, while a power hungry, cunning boy named Jack strives to rule them all. Power is an important concept in this novel as it causes most events to take place, such as it does in the world we live in. It causes wars, arguments, laws, and revolutions, but when the right
As Ralph is elected chief and takes control of the group of boys he establishes the theme of the necessity of order. Ralph plans his first step of survival by scouting the island with two other boys. He carries the conch shell and has the most power. By determining what everyone should do, Ralph creates a civilization where everyone is an important part. He is the ego, which considers reality and balances the need for the id and the superego.
The Wisdom of Atticus Finch “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”, said Buddha, who was the main teacher for people seeking the spiritual enlightenment of buddhahood. Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. If someone has good wisdom they can deal with hard situations easier. In To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus is a wise father, clever lawyer and a brave man.
Democracy on the island could have provided an equal opportunity for all the boys on the island. Ralph, Piggy, and several of the other boys decide that the best way to organize everyone is democracy, the fragile system that is threatened at any moment by selfishness and chaos. "I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking”(Golding 45). Democracy is a fragile system, represented by the fragility of the conch, that can provide
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.
Beowulf is a good ruler for his people. He will fight for them even when they aren’t with him. I believe he’s a good fit for modern times because we need a good ruler like him now-a-days. Someone who is not selfish and not afraid to do something that’s terrifying. Beowulf states, “That I, alone and with the help of my men, May purge all evil from this hall” (“from Beowulf” ln.
In terms of communication, Ralph is always talking to the littleuns on the island making sure they are okay and not scared or worried about anything. By communicating and getting to know the other boys, Ralph exhibits his leadership skills with understanding the others not just himself. John Kotter, another HBS professor argues the importance of telling the hard truths. "Great leadership does not mean running away from reality," (Blagg and Young 1). Piggybacking off of communication from Ralph, Ralph also takes the time to explain to the boys exactly what position they are in and no lies are said.