This displays his control over their fear of the beast and this act uplifts Jack’s power status. Jack converts their fear into power and is able to win the view of the community. In the middle of the book, it is evident that both boys have different goals. This can be seen, when Ralph and Jack fight about which is more important, building protection/ shelter (Ralph’s opinion) or hunting for food (Jack’s opinion). The quote, “rules, rules, so many rules”, illustrates his approach to survival, which is to hunt for food, while having fun.
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.
“The most famous act he’s ever done was smuggling Tokugawa”(need). This shows how loyal Hanzo is to Tokugawa. Many people were jealous of his position because he was at the highest spot of the clan. “Masanari was the ninja who made the identity of Hanzo Famous.” “Hattori Hanzo earned the nickname Oni Hanzo he displayed fearless tactics during his operations (Samurai Archives).” Hattori Hanzo earned his nickname because he showed his master what impressive strategies he could do. In his battles he displayed many good tactics for defense and offense.
On the island, he is burdened with responsibilities such as leadership and organization. Despite Jack encouraging and pressuring his inner savage to come out, Ralph continues to contribute to the enhancement of society. Even after partaking in Simon’s murder and acting savagely, he does not fully give himself over to it. Ralph instantly feels remorse and guilt for his actions: essential human qualities. Golding makes this evident and describes, “Ralph, cradling the conch, rocked himself to and fro” (Golding 157).
As part of human nature, we’re accustomed to following a set of rules to have an orderly and peaceful lifestyle. Usually, if those rules are disobeyed, destruction and disorder are bound to come our way. This act is prevalent in two stories, Beowulf and The Lord of the Flies, that were written centuries apart, but yet the concept of how ignoring rules can lead to the downfall of societies is common in both. Usually, a well-built society derives from a strong leader who has the characteristics of guiding people to do the right actions. Such an example would be Beowulf who is viewed as a God-like hero and is highly respected.
He is “the most obvious leader”, and thrives on the need for violence(16). Jack states that he “ought to be chief”, just like the id believes it must be in control (16). The id, as represented through Jack, needs violence to survive and see itself as superior. The defectiveness of human nature and the desire to hurt is overpowering and Jack represents this darkness in humans. Further in the novel, Jack feels as if he’s “not hunting, but-being hunted, as if something’s behind” him(40).
After all he has gone through; Ralph now always looks at life with a positive attitude. He always says, “Savagery and humanity are part of any given individual. These feelings are delicately balanced and the smallest change in this balance can have spiraling effects.” After the incidents on the island, Ralph understands how even the kindest, pure-hearted individuals can turn into primitive animals if conditions arise. He has learned these lessons the hard way and he wants his two little boys to know this as they grow up. Ralph believes it is important that they know that people are not always what they seem to be.
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.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Leadership is one of the themes that William Golding uses throughout his novel, Lord of The Flies. Although some characters show potential for leadership, Piggy’s potential is incomparable. Piggy displays the most luminous potential for leadership in Lord of the Flies in view that he abide by what is morally right, and has strong intellectual brainpower. Piggy has the most potential for leadership because he is justful and righteous. There was a small boy, with a “mulberry-colored” birthmark on his face, who wanted to speak to the assembly, but Ralph didn’t give him the conch, and as a result the boy started weeping.
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
These reviews I have seen are mostly positive. One of the reviews says it should be read and loved by everyone. (Jack London’s Naturalism) The review says this because the story shows a odd but lovable hero that in the end if he believes and tries his best in the end he can achieve his goals and live the life he would want to live. Another review says that it is really good but is not for young animal lovers. (Call of the Wild- Book Review) It says this because in the story the hero has to do some bad things like rip out other dogs or even humans jugulars to save himself or some of his new found friends, but in the end the review still says it is a really good book.