Lord Of The Flies: Difference Between Jack And Ralph's Leadership Roles English Term Paper

1572 words - 7 pages

Malik 3
Alieza Malik
Mrs. Dowling
EN 1301-2
2 February 2018
Civilization vs. Fierceness in Lord of the Flies
In Lord of the flies, William Golding expresses the idea that when two diverse leaders try to work together in a disordered society, the result in an impossible combination. The novel is about a group of youths that crash on a deserted island and find themselves all alone. Therefore, they must fend for themselves and in order to successfully do that, they choose a leader. They chose Ralph who becomes jealous pandemonium breaks out between the boys. A society is generally made up of different sort of rules and activities that show the diverseness of the group. As the novel development all of the boys begin to show their own personality and what they want the society to be. However, before they make up their own minds, they have to choose what type of society that they want to have. In Lord of the Flies, the differences between Jack and Ralph's leadership roles cause the boys to choose sides and ultimately creates a chaotic, unstable society.
During the beginning of the novel, the narrator classified Ralph as a good leader. He shows responsibility, courage and determination to get the boys off of the island and keep them safe. Ralph has the ability to take control and successfully guide the group with certain things. At one point in the novel Ralph states, “…. ‘If I blow the conch and they don’t come back;’ and another thing. We can’t have everybody talking at once, we’ll have to have ‘Hands Up’ like at school” (Golding). Golding describes how Ralph is the type of leader who clearly distribute his rules to the group. He tries to maintain some sort of order so they can survive, while the others simply focus on being lazy and playing games. The author presents Ralph as someone who “has a ‘directness’ in his manner that the narrator calls a sign of ‘genuine leadership’…, he is ‘sunny and decent, sensible and considerate’….. He seems to be genuinely interested in the welfare of the entire group and can get along with all kinds of people” (Volume 2, 180). As Golding stated, Ralph has a sincere and genuine concern for the group. The narrator clearly declares how Ralph is a good leader, but has yet to say anything about Jack, which might show that Jacks qualities are different from Ralphs.
The boys have mixed reactions to Ralph’s leadership. Some people decided to follow him and respect him as the leader of the group, but others decide to not follow his rules. This argument between Ralph and Jack shows the disrespect to Ralphs leadership qualities, “ ‘The rules!’ shouted Ralph. ‘You’re breaking the rules!’ ‘Who care?’ stated jack... (Later on)… ‘We don’t need the conch any more. We know who ought to say things. What good did Simon do speaking, or Bill, or Walter? Its time some people knew they’ve got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to rest of us’ ”(Golding). Jack isn’t the biggest fan of Ralph and how he was chosen to be the leader inst...


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