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The Island Under Ralph, then Jack

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"A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in adventure allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short." William Golding's Lord of the Flies starts out as an adventure for the boys who crash on the island. To control this wild adventure with no adults, the boys decide to choose a leader. In a group, there are always people who come out with better qualities as a leader than others. The strongest people however become the greater influences that others decide to follow. It is not always the best choice to follow that person, though that is exactly what the boys decide to do. Ralph, though not a strong person, demonstrates a better understanding of people giving himself better leadership qualities than Jack. Through the book, it is shown that Jack thinks he is better and should be the leader, though all he creates is mayhem. Ralph tries his best to create a society based on survival. As time progresses, it is clear that Jack's feelings are towards living life and having fun. ...read more.

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He can catch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too.'"(3) Jack sets his views straight as he believes that hunting is good enough for a tribe to live off. He also tries to encourage others this way by bringing up fun in hunting, thus taking them away from the boring "working life" that Ralph has to offer. In the quote itself, Jack states that the others can go when he wants to go. This may be a foreshadow of the type of leader he is, and what he may do. The quote also informs the reader that Jack has set his priorities straight, and that he wants to be the only one to have power in his group. The rest can be treated equally. On the other hand, Ralph's group has a democracy where everyone has equal power. As the story progress', Jack's actions give the idea that he is fed up with the way Ralph governed certain circumstances. Jack changes all the rules that he and the others once followed, and enforces new ones which are much stricter, where everyone has a job to do. ...read more.

Conclusion

There was close to nothing to experience in Jack and Roger's relationship. The only things that they had in common were their anger, and their terror they brought to others. From the above arguments, the fact that Ralph's society is better as a whole over Jack's was proven. Ralph's society prevails as the boys stranded on the island are saved by smoke signals, which is in fact what his group based their main ideas upon. Jack's tribe ended up bringing death to others, as they killed and destroyed things, putting no thought into what they did. Although Ralph's democratic society didn't work out, he still kept them together, having no problems to deal with. When the boys changed leaders, going to Jack's group, chaos occurred. This thus proves that Ralph's democratic society prevails as a more stable environment. Ralph and Piggy's relationship could also be given the edge over Jack and Roger's, as Ralph had lots to learn at the start, but nearing the end of the plot, it all seemed to pay off. In any instance, Ralph's society would have been the best route to take, as democracy is governed by the people, for the people, and with the people. "The Island and Boys under Ralph and Then Jack" Rafeea Almas Cavrich May 9, 2006 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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