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Leadership Ralph v. Jack.

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Amanda Rosen March 16, 2003 Leadership Ralph v. Jack "Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things" (Golding 22). William Golding shows how both Ralph and Jack rise and fall in being the chief on the island in his novel Lord of the Flies. Both Ralph and Jack use their own styles of leadership to try in an attempt to reach their different goals. Both boys have their own individual styles of leadership. They exert these variant styles in both similar and diverse ways in order to reach their separate goals. To begin with, Ralph is one of the older English boys who is left stranded on an island. Ralph uses his leadership role to maintain order on the island so that they may be rescued. Ralph believes that in order for the group to be rescued, they must keep a signal fire going at all times. Ralph explains to the group, "The fire is the most important thing on the island. How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don't keep a fire going?" (80). Ralph's goal is to be rescued but to make the best of the situation that they are in. ...read more.


Towards the end of the novel, Jack becomes very forceful and violent in order to reach his goal of becoming chief. After the plane crashes on the island, both Ralph and Jack display similar leadership qualities. Ralph and Jack want to try and make the best of the situation that they are in. Ralph pulls Jack to the side and has a private conversation. Ralph says to Jack, "If it rains like when we dropped in we'll need shelters all right" (52). Ralph wants to shelter/ protect the littluns from the unfamiliar things on the island. As chief, Ralph makes Jack the leader of the hunters. As the leader of the hunters, Jack goes out and examines the island to see who or what is on the island. Jack lets the other boys know about what is on the island, "There's pigs. There's food; and bathing water in that little stream along there-" (35). Despite the fact that Jack is not chief, he still helps out and takes on some chief roles. After the plane crashes, both Ralph and Jack want to be rescued from the island. ...read more.


Ralph expresses to the group "We can't have everybody talking at once . . . I'll give the conch to the next person to speak . . ." (33). Ralph likes to have things done in an orderly fashion. That's so everyone can speak and contribute to the group. On the other hand, Jack uses dictatorship when he becomes chief. Once Jack has formed his own tribe, he barks orders at his tribe members when he wants something done. Jack stands up and shouts "Take them some meat . . . Give me a drink . . . All sit down . . . I'm chief . . ." (149-150). Though Jack is more forceful in the way he acts as a leader, he does get more things done and in a faster time than that of Ralph. Ralph and Jack both show similar yet different leadership styles. They use their roles as leaders to obtain their goals. Ralph and Jack's goals differ from one another. Ralph uses his leadership style to maintain order and he tries to have the boys rescued by keeping a signal fire going. On the other hand, Jack's leadership style is to have fun all the time, hunt, and to forget abut having rules. They both succeed in gaining their goal but ultimately fail as leaders on the island. ...read more.

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