The conch was used to summon all the boys together. Ralph participates in the bullying of Piggy, and he allows it to continue. Overall Ralph is an extremely respectful boy. At the beginning of the story, Ralph gives Jack authority and power, so there there is equality within the group. Also, Ralph never followed the idea of hunting, because he thought it was savage, but soon learns to appreciate hunting when a boar attacked the group, and Ralph kills it.
Jack Merridew is by far the most powerful individual on the island. He influences the boys to do things by yelling at them throughout the book. Just as it is stated in The Perils of Obedience by Kendra Cherry, “The physical presence of an authority figure dramatically increased compliance,” (Cherry 2). Jack is the main authority figure that has a lot of power of the kids because of his appeal to what they want and to the way he runs things. He runs his tribe like a dictatorship over the rest of the boys, but because they do what they want to do they comply with what he says, even though it is not the right thing.
In his novel, “Lord of the Flies,” Golding shows that society is defective due to defective human nature. He does this through the use of a group of boys stranded on an island, their behaviour in this situation and their progression towards savagery. He further illustrates this point by using numerous symbols. From the start of the novel, Ralph, the oldest of the boys, is presented as an “ideal” person and leader. He calls the first assembly, using the conch shell he and Piggy found and is voted into the role of leader by the majority of the boys.
This society though, slowly spirals into disorder and eventually chaos. The main characters, Ralph and Jack, constantly contradict each other and fight for the loyalty of the younger boys and power. The author, William Golding, created this book to portray the potential evil in every human. These boys in particular are not inherently wicked but most of them do get caught up in the fantasy of having ultimate control which leads to the boys being unable to live amongst one another. The boys immaturity of living in the fantasy results in frivolous behavior throughout the start of the book.
Introduction The insanity of man can never be underestimated when man loses his focus on his oneness with his brother. The novel, Lord of the Flies, seeks to identify the flaws of society (jealousy, power, greed, violence etc.) and find it’s source in the nature of human beings. By watching the boys engage in battle, we are reminded of the aptitude of humanity to be evil, and how the morality of man is merely superficial. The severed pig’s head represents what the Greeks call Beelzebub, or the prince of demons (the devil).
The contrast of their leadership portrays Jack as a Machiavellian and Ralph as a democratic leader which displays their struggle for power to either destroy or benefit the community. Ralph gains his power through a democratic election, while Jack forcefully grasps it. Piggy and Ralph are the first boys who find the conch shell. Piggy decides that they should blow it to call any others on the island, but submits it to Ralph to blow, giving the reader a glimpse at Ralph’s soft power over Piggy. Since Ralph now holds the conch, he is already a symbol of authority and leadership, foreshadowing his soft power over the other boys.
Vote for chief!Let’s vote--"(Golding 27) The boys chose Ralph as a leader through voting just like in a democracy. "Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don 't make any sense—"(Golding 106)These quotes make it seem as though Jack wants to take power away just like in a dictatorship. When Ralph becomes the leader he makes rules like whoever has the conch can speak. “We 've got to have special people for looking after the fire.
They made agreements amongst themselves to ordain Ralph as their leader, created laws and sanctions for failure to obey. They gave up the thing that makes them most human which is their ability to self-rule. The effects of sharing my autonomy with the community is that every decision I make, I have to think of how my decisions will affect the people around me. The kids established laws and instituted some sort of punishment system for those who didn’t do any work. This is significant because from a Rousseau perspective, power should be given to an “extraordinary man in the state” who is a genius and most credible (Rousseau 443).
Jack feels the need to alter his appearance simply to please his developing savage tendencies. This demonstrates Jack’s willingness to kill on account of the fact that he feels inclined to become a new person, just to kill an animal. Consequently, this shows his loss of innocence because he is simply no longer just a choir boy. He is a cutthroat hunter and future leader of the tribe of children. Furthermore, Jack has changed so much, both physically and personality wise, that Ralph, a kid who he has gotten to know on the island, can barely recognize him: “A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair, who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist…” (80).
Ralph was the first of the boys that washed up on the island only to find that he wasn’t alone it wasn’t long before he met the other boys ,and was eventually chosen to lead all the rest of the boys which is why he is one of the main causes behind tragedies that happen on the island and why the boys split up into separate groups and begin to antagonize each other because him and the leader of the other group Jack didn’t share the same views as each other which only negatively escalated the situation. Instead of building shelters and signal fires like Ralph wanted Jack wanted to only hunt and kill. In the end, Ralph’s civilized nature couldn’t compete with the primitive and savage nature of Jack’s group and the iron fist by which Jack