Merridew is the one character who tends to make it harder for the rest of the characters in the novel. Jack never can agree with the entire group, unless in consists with hunting or being in power, which this says a lot about his personality. In the novel Jack ends up letting the fire out. Infuriating Ralph because he seen a ship off the horizon going a different direction. The ship did not see the smoke to rescue the boys from the island because Jack was more worried about hunting a pig instead of maintaining the fire while the others worked on other things for the camp.
An example of Odysseus’ lack of respect from his men is when he “urged them to cut and run, set sail, but would they listen? Not those mutinous fools; there was too much wine to swill, too many sheep to slaughter down along the beach, and shambling longhorn cattle.(p. 138) Odysseus’ men do not respect Odysseus enough to listen and to follow through his orders, even after the victory of the Trojan War. In the U.S. Army, soldiers are expected to follow through their leader’s commands, but Odysseus’ men just ignore his pleas and commands. The fact that the men do not even pause to listen and are too busy sacking the city shows that Odysseus does not have control over them, even as their leader.
The boys fall deeper into savagery and find themselves disconnected from order and authority, especially as Jack begins to defy Ralph and pull away from the tribe. As the story progressed, this right is abused when Piggy tries to speak and Jack tells him to shut up. Towards the end of the book when Jack is on the run from Ralph’s tribe, he thinks “there was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.” This shows how much the boys depended on the conch
They had lots of disscusions on the beastie and the fear towards the beatie was too immense for the boys. They were slowly forgetting about the outside world once the boy considered the dead parachutist as the beastie and not as a parachutist. Chapter 8 1. Why do the boys refuse to vote for Jack as chief but slip off to join him later? The boys were afraid to say no to Ralph.
Lastly, Odysseus lack of leadership is shown when he tells his men not to open the bag of air. Some readers argue Odysseus should have shown them the bag in order to avoid the situation, “Temptation had its way with [his] companions, and they untied the bag. Then every wind roared into hurricane; the ships went pitching west with many cries; [their] land was lost” (X. 50-54). However, a heroes orders are followed without debating, but Odysseus orders were not obeyed.
When Odysseus was asleep, his crew “untied the bag” because “temptation had its way with [them]” and it creates a storm that reverses all nine days of their journey (166). The crew assumes that there is treasure in the sack that Odysseus does not intend to share and they are overwhelmed with greed. Because Odysseus’ men prove that they have no intention to listen to him, he does not tell them about the terrible monster that killed six of the crew. He knows that panic will ensue and they would risk the lives of the entire ship to save their own. The relationship between Odysseus and his men is very dysfunctional because no one trusts one another and each man cares solely for himself.
i just think you’ll get back alright.” (pg.111) 8. The fire goes out because no one is tending the fire and instead they went hunting. Jack and the hunters with him seem not to care about the fire at all. Ralph on the other hand was very disappointed that the fire went out and that without the fire the ships that pass by won 't be able to notice the signal. “they let the bloody fire go out.”
Roger pushes a boulder where Piggy was standing; subsequently Piggy is killed. Jack’s obsession with hunting and killing lead to the separation of the boys, additionally Jack’s actions influenced other boys to act like him. The boys being stranded on the island with no adult lead to loss of civilization within Ralph and Piggy, and the boys around them. Ralph and Piggy try to maintain law and order, but the innocence with them is lost. Additionally, Jack’s desire for hunting and blood kills Simon.
We can’t have everybody talking at once. We’ll have to have ‘Hands up’ like at school... I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it while he’s speaking,’” (33) we see that Ralph’s focus on rules is key to his ability to control democracy. In the quote “‘I’m chief,’ said Ralph, ‘because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going...’” (150), we see Ralph not only asserting his democratic and fairly gained power, but also trying to refocus the boys on their long term goal of rescue.