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Explore the different types of leadership Golding and Garland present in Lord of the Flies and The Beach.

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Nicole Ryan Explore the different types of leadership Golding and Garland present in Lord of the Flies and The Beach. In Lord of the Flies and The Beach many leadership qualities are shown. These qualities are shown in different ways for example one leader is elected by democracy, another is self-appointed and lastly there is the destructive leader. Lord of the Flies was written in 1954. A time when commercialisation was not an issue and media hype only had subtle effects of society. The Beach was written in 1996, American globalisation has begun and the media played a massive part in society. I will look at how the different time may affect the way in which a leader reacts. The most obvious resemblance between the novels is the setting and the isolation of the islands yet there is a differentiation in that the boys in Lord of the Flies are stranded and are forced to try and survive where they don't really want to be. The Characters in The Beach have chosen to be isolated in such surroundings and don't want to leave. For them it is not a matter of survival. In both novels the leadership and order of their close-knit communities is similar, the way both societies morals decline and the introduction of violent behaviour is the start of their destruction. Although they bare resemblance they are very different. ...read more.


It is obvious Jack doesn't like him from the moment they meet. "You're always scared. Yah- Fatty!" Even when Piggy has the conch he cannot get respect from Jack and as Jack is a very influential person on the beach the others follow him in his rudeness. Jack is already a leader before landing on the island "'I ought to be chief,' said jack with a simple arrogance, because I'm chapter chorister and head boy." To help his campaign he brags "I can sing C sharp." but this talent is irrelevant stranded on such an isolated island. Jack needs to feel power always referring to the choir/hunters as "Me and MY hunters." He cannot control anything on the island except these people and this is why he ends up being such a savage personality. Jack's arrogance is showed when he has lost the vote as "the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification. He started up then changed his mind." He did go to show his anger as not being chief, being a bad loser is not a leadership attribute. Golding's description of Jack makes the reader realise his savage personality, as he gets angered so easily. "Tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger." ...read more.


Bugs is not an influential leader. He is seen as Sal's mimic or puppet. The ideas and orders he gives are set by Sal. He has no original ideas of maintaining the island. It also seems that she orders him about. "Bugs, you want to fix some stew?" Knowingly the answer would be yes. Jed has a natural authority. This is a common trait with people as popular as Jed. He takes lead in situations whereas Richard simply laughs. "We'll investigate. You take point." Although nervous Jed is focused and caring which are respectable attributes for a leader only this is the only leadership quality Jed holds. In conclusion, I believe that Sal was the most suitable leader although being selfish at heart, all she cared about was the beach, which in effect was a good thing. Bugs simply did as Sal said so I doubt in a tough situation alone Bugs would be able to make calm and good decisions. Richard obviously is not really a contender for any type of leadership because of his childishness and uncaring nature. After comparing and analyzing the leadership in both novels I have evidence to believe that a personality such as Ralph's would always be best for a leadership placement. He is compassionate, forward thinking and loyal. Both novels show mans natural instinct to resort to destructive violence, Ralph is the only exception to this and is the most focused character from both novels. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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