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Lord of the Flies - Compare the leadership styles of Ralph and Jack. Was it inevitable that Jack would want to take over?

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GCSE English Coursework Lord of the Flies Compare the leadership styles of Ralph and Jack. Was it inevitable that Jack would want to take over? Ralph and Jack continuously throughout the book fight and argue over rules and regulations. Ralph was very calm and was very set on making some sort of signal to attract the attention of passing ships so they could get rescued like when he said 'We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. He is also not very forceful at making people do things his way. Ralph believes that there should be a rota for keeping the fire going. ...read more.

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Jack felt that the conch didn't matter at his side of the island because he knew Ralph had extra power with the conch. There were a few similarities between Ralph and Jack. Both felt that the littluns were unimportant but Ralph was protective towards them. Also both feel that the fire is very important both want fire for very different reasons. Ralph wants a fire for a signal while Jack wants a fire to cook meat. The break up of society happens during the chapter titled 'The beast from water'. Jack and Ralph become involved in another argument about the beast and Ralph shouts at Jack for breaking the rules and Jack replies 'Bollocks to the rules! We're strong- we hunt!' Before this there were times where Ralph and Jack had argued and fought but this time Jack left the group. ...read more.

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I believe that it was inevitable that Jack was going to take over because everyone on the island was unstable because of the beast and hunting and fighting seemed fun compared to sitting around the fire waiting to be seen by a passing boat. Also people were very hungry and Jack was offering feasts, which is more appetising than fruit and berry's. The reason Jack wasn't chief at first was because Ralph wanted to build a society where people could be found and taken home and Ralph was able to organise rules and was willing to listen to the others unlike Jack who just wanted to take charge and hunt. I conclude that it was inevitable that Jack would take charge eventually .I also feel that Jack was a stronger leader but unfortunately he was leading people to the wrong things. ...read more.

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