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Lord of the Flies by William Golding - Short summary

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In many cases of life, power is often misused or abused, because someone is greedy or wants something they shouldn't have. In this case, of Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of boys are stranded on an island and have to make a working society within themselves and their rules, but the power is used in the exact opposite way. Ralph was elected chief, however he often let the group down and Jack would lead most operations on the island. Ralph lets others on the island know when he was scared, and it seemed he always needed someone to help him make decisions. But Jack appeared to be the biggest reason for destruction on the island. Golding suggests that things on the island break up because Ralph does not understand the power thrust upon him and is not able or willing to exercise it effectively. Fear had a very large role in why chaos came over the island and many of the boys. ...read more.


Throughout the book Ralph presents the group with ideas and plans brought to him by other characters, most of which are Piggy's. He rarely thought out plans on which the group of boys could be kept under order and relied mostly on Piggy's mind for his suggestions to make rules or judgments. Even when Ralph made a ruling, it was ignored or used differently because it was not enforced or Jack thought it was a "Stupid" rule. Ralph never stood up against Jack when he ignored a rule and let most things for him and his hunters slide. Jack never liked the rule about the conch, and not very long into the book he quoted, "Conch! Conch! We don't need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things." (pg.111 Lord of the Flies), showed just how Jack defied Ralph's ruling and how easy Ralph let rules slip for them. ...read more.


He can catch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too" (pg.140 Lord of the Flies), and he stormed off forming his own camp, while Ralph's power and rules grew smaller and smaller. If Ralph would have done a better job as chief the group of boys wouldn't have turned to a new leader, and destruction on the island may have been avoided. The island, and all the boys on it, fell to chaos because Ralph was not a strong enough leader to govern and enforce the society the boys were now living in and another was made. He let fear and madness drive into many of the boys, causing most of them to go crazy and become savages. He let the rules and plans of their society fall to ruin, and eventually let his rivals group take over, and he ended up leaving himself with absolutely no power on the island, and all of his peers on a search to murder him. ...read more.

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