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Jack’s style of leadership, while more despotic than that of Ralph, is ultimately more effective and realistic, given the circumstances. Discuss with reference to the novel.

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Jack's style of leadership, while more despotic than that of Ralph, is ultimately more effective and realistic, given the circumstances. Discuss with reference to the novel. In this essay I will describe both Jack's and Ralph's type of leadership, and compare the two and thus explain whether Jack's leadership was more effective and realistic than that of Ralph's. Jack's style of leadership is like that of a dictator's leadership, where there is one powerful leader, and everyone has to listen to him. This is clearly shown in the text, when after they kill the beast (which was Simon of course), Jack says "He (the beast) may come (to our base) again even though we gave him the head of our kill" and Stanley says "But didn't we, didn't we (kill the beast)?" ...read more.

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An example of this is when he leads them to make the fire on the mountain, so the smoke comes up high and there is a better chance of getting rescued. Ralph's type of leadership is more effective at the start, because everyone has the hope of getting rescued, and Ralph's leadership is based around getting rescued. Also, Ralph's makes an impression to the boys when he blows the conch so everyone sees him as the leader and everyone likes the democratic ideas. However, all this changes after the plane goes past them, and there was no smoke from the fire for the pilot to see. After this conflict arises between Jack and Ralph, and when Ralph holds the assembly, he gets grumpy, and the boys see Ralph as 'parent-like', which is what they don't want (with the exception of Piggy). ...read more.

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This shows that Jack made everyone 'worship' him. This might not work in a society but because they are isolated from civilisation, the rule 'the fittest will survive' applies. Also his leadership is more effective because he induces fear into everyone by talking about the beast, and gives them the idea that he is the only one that can protect them from the beast. This is the reason he kills Simon, because he knew that Simon knew the truth about the beast and was coming to tell the tribe about it. However, I wouldn't think that Jack's style of leadership is more realistic because the realistic option would be trying to get rescued, not just ruling over people. In conclusion, Jack's style of leadership, compared with Ralph's leadership, is more effective because everyone obeys him, however, Ralph's leadership is more realistic because it is based around the idea of being rescued, which is what they really need. ...read more.

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