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Compare and contrast the characters of Ralph and Jack. How does their characteristic dictate leadership styles?

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Compare and contrast the characters of Ralph and Jack. How does their characteristic dictate leadership styles? Both Ralph and Jack believe in order but in different types of order. The potential for conflict is present from their first meeting. Their leadership styles are discovered more fully as the story unfolds. Both and jack have physical attributes which are found in leaders. Ralph has wide broad shoulders. (p15 ''width and heaviness of the shoulders''). and jack is tall , thin, bony and ugly .(p27 '' tall, thin and bony'' ''ugly without stillness''). Both Ralph and jack have some authority in their lives .Ralph has been brought up with his father who is a commander in the navy so Ralph does have some authority in his life also. ...read more.

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This also shows order as only one person speaks at a time but every one gets a say. The other boys like Ralph because he says things to make them feel better (p49 '' so you see sooner or later we shall be rescued'' ,''they liked and now respected him'') he makes them feel happy. But Jack says upsetting things (p28 ''shut up fatty'') which shows from the start to the boys that he is not a friendly character. Ralph will get most of his ideas off Piggy. An example of Ralph stealing ideas off piggy is (p22 ''Ralph we could use this to call the others'') and then Ralph uses it to call the others. When he gets a chance Jack will also use Peggy's ideas to get respect (p49 {Ralph}-''we must make a fire'' {jack}-''jack clamord among them come on! ...read more.

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This proves that both Ralph and jacks leadership skills work. Ralph try's to make life better for the group but Jack is too determined. Jack gets carried away with one thing and does not set a good example. Jack is also a bully but Ralph try's to be every ones friend. Ralf asks opinions before making decisions so sets a good example. Jack has a dictator style of leadership based on him telling the boys what to do and expecting it to be done without question while Ralph has a more democratic style of leadership where the boys follow his commands because almost everyone in the group has agreed before hand that this is the best way to get something done and are happy to allow Ralf to organise them and will follow his example. Kristian Smith 10J - English - Lord of the Flies 20th October 2003 ...read more.

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