• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Ralph, Jack and Piggy all possess unique qualities. Are any of them ideal leaders? What important qualities do each of them possess (and lack) as regards leadership?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Lord of the Flies Essay Ralph, Jack and Piggy all possess unique qualities. Are any of them ideal leaders? What important qualities do each of them possess (and lack) as regards leadership? Who is the natural leader in Lord of the Flies? This is the question that Golding is making us consider. There is no right or wrong answer, as all of the boys possess unique leadership qualities. This essay will explore what qualities of leadership Ralph, Piggy and Jack possess (and lack), and eventually come to a conclusion (if one can be found) as to which boy is the natural leader of the band of boys on the island. A leader is somebody who guides a group in whatever they do. They make policies, rules and, if necessary, decisions for the group that they lead, which the group should then follow. Ralph has a number of ideal leadership qualities. He is fair, maybe sometimes too fair, and believes in the idea of everyone having a chance to have their say ("'I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking...And he won't be interrupted. Except by me.'" [31]) However, the rule of freedom of speech is overturned by Jack ("Jack was the first to make himself heard. He had not got the conch and thus spoke against the rules, but nobody minded." ...read more.

Middle

You talk. But you can't even build huts-then you go off hunting and let out the fire-" [21/22]) This is essential, because if you do not let others know your feelings, then they will not understand why you are acting the way you are, or your reasons for making decisions, and might think you are being unreasonable. He can make his speeches simple for the littluns to understand, yet powerful by using repetition and explanation ("He had learnt as a practical business that fundamental statements likes this had to be said at least twice, before everyone understood them...His mind was searching for simple words so that even the littluns would understand what the assembly was about." [84]) However, as events spiral out of his control, his speeches become less and less inspiring as he loses confidence in himself and his abilities, and eventually his followers desert him and he is left on his own, running for his life. Though Ralph is a natural leader ("There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out...and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that...was set apart" [19]), able to reassure and offer comfort ("The assembly was lifted towards safety by his words. They liked and now respected him." [36]), the values and goals that he presents as part of his leadership do not offer the security that the group needs when their morale is low as a result of fear of the beast. ...read more.

Conclusion

He hates you too, Ralph...He can't hurt you, but if you stand out of the way he'd hurt the next thing. And that's me." [100/101) However, his pessimism ("They're all dead an' this is an island. Nobody don't know we're here. Your dad don't know, nobody don't know - We may stay here till we die." [9]), his complaining and his dislike of manual labour leads to the other boys regarding him as being no use to the group, so they shout him down whenever he tries to speak ("His voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination. The others stirred and began to shout him down." [43]) If Piggy and Ralph had worked together right at the beginning, with Ralph listening to Piggy's ideas instead of regarding him as an irritation ("Piggy was a bore; his fat, his ass-mar and his matter-of-fact ideas were dull: but there was always a little pleasure to be got out of pulling his leg, even if one did it by accident." [68]), then Piggy's intelligence and Ralph's popularity and dedication to work would have combined to make an excellent joint leadership which most of the group would have accepted. Jack - Popularity -Offers fun and excitement -Debating -Offers immediate solutions to problems -The obvious leader -Puts himself forward -Fascism/Anarchy -Arrogant -Violent/Volatile temper -Cannot submit to another's orders/egotistical -Unwilling to apologise for a mistake/accept he isn't suitable for leadership -Loner/obsessive ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Compare and contrast Ralph and Jack as leaders

    Eventually all the boys start to switch to Jack as their leader. The boys have lost sight of what being civilise means and just want to follow a leader who offers a simple way of life; hunting, food and safety in the tribe.

  2. What Have you Learned about the Qualities Of a successful Leader, from your study ...

    For instance we have Ralph who comes from a comfortable background, and has perhaps been brought up in a enviroment which encourages leadership, especially with his fathers life in the services 'he's a commander in the Navy' . But at the same time we see another side to Ralph that he does not try to hide.

  1. Lord of the Flies - Who in my opinion would have been the best ...

    Jack got more into hunting and started to forget his to goal of being rescued. Everyone started doing there own kind of activities, while Ralph and Simon were the only ones who were building shelters. The younger children started to help less and got more into playing games on the beach.

  2. The Palace of Pleasure.

    And now I'm over you.' So time during the above, the vaguely Italianate Carlos had entered and joined the three miserable lovers. Jack did not mind, indeed, it was Carlos himself, who, had solved the secret of Jack's little black book, and thus worked out the love triangle on New

  1. Discuss the Leadership Qualities of Piggy, Ralph and Jack As Presented In the Opening ...

    Even though Piggy is friendly to others he is not really a team player because he does not mix in well with others because of his problems. I think that Jack is too dictatorial to be a good team player.

  2. Explain Why Ralph Becomes leader, rather then Piggy or Jack. What are the main ...

    So to try and get Ralph's attention he boasts about his asthma (ass'mar) and glasses. Ralph doesn't really care that he has asthma, and had glasses since he was three. But when Piggy starts talking, casually, about his name it grabs Ralph's attention.

  1. Titanic Essay

    Molly Brown is shown as quite a loud mouth and is not liked very much by some of the rich people because she was not brought up with money, she is what they called "new money" her husband struck rich recently, and they did not like this.

  2. What qualities of character does Simon possess and how does Golding control our feelings ...

    Simon here sees the intensity of their conflict. He interoperates everything here and understands the relationship of these two opposing forces. He can foretell the danger that will come from this. Later in Chapter Three, Simon once again acting as a prophet helps out the littluns by reaching high up for the fresh fruit to pass down to the littuns.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work