RE: Need a help with questions, “Lord of the Flies”

One subject of interest in Lord of the Flies is leadership. Two leaders emerge on the island. Ralph, one of these leaders, holds council meetings and lays out rules for speaking during the meetings and for getting needed tasks done. Jack, the other leader, becomes a hunter and gradually persuades other boys to join him and follow his instructions. These two boys have different ways of leading and different goals. In an extended response, compare and contrast Ralph’s way of leading and Jack’s way of leading. Then, consider how the novel ends. What might the author, William Golding, be suggesting about the most effective way to lead others? In other words, what does the novel have to say about the subject of leadership?

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In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies Ralph though not the stronger person, demonstrates a better understanding of people which gives Ralph better leadership qualities than Jack.What separates a good leader is someone who cares for the greater good of the group and their well being rather than just caring about themselves. Some of the boys are better leaders than others and through characterization we see who is most capable of being chief. Ralph is the most qualified leader on the island because of his leadership skills, his talent of obtaining order, his unwillingness to let his id take over, and his democratic traditions. However, as time has passed and their sense of civilisation has gradually disappeared the longer they are away from it, they have resorted to Jack for fun and a preferred lifestyle. In some aspects Ralph and Jack are alike as leaders because they both want to get their own way. However their aims are different, Jack wants to hunt and Ralph wants to be rescued. Jack is the autocratic, less caring leader whereas Ralph is democratic and tries to do what is best for all the boys. In the end it turns out that the boys would prefer to be led by Jack.

Answered on 09.08.2017.
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