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The relationship between Jack and Ralph, and how it develops throughout the play Lord of The Flies

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English Coursework The relationship between Jack and Ralph, and how it develops throughout the play Lord of The Flies In this piece of writing i am going to look at the relationship between Jack and Ralph. I am going to see if it changes and develops more as the play goes on. And if this happens I am going to comment on why I think it has changed. From the very start of the play Jack and Ralph are the obvious leaders. Ralph is the oldest of the boys and is the holder of the conch. Because of this many of the boys think that he should be the leader of the group. But some of the group belong to the choir in which Jack is the leader. These boys look up to jack and listen to what he says. Although neither of the boys say that they want to be leader it is obvious that they both want to have control over the group. ...read more.

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The next key point in which Ralph and Jack come into conflict is when the boys decide to make a fire for warmth and also as a smoke signal so passing ships can see it. The boys make the fire successfully and they decide that there should be to people watching it at all times. This works for a couple of days until Jack persuades the twins, Sam an Eric, to leave the fire and go of hunting. This is a big mistake because the fire goes out and there is a ship spotted in the distance. It is to late to do anything so they have to leave there on chance of rescue sale away. This is a major point in the story because the group split. Jack decides to form a new tribe in which they will get regular meat and have fun at the same time. All Ralph has to offer is stability and the continuing efforts of being rescued. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although Jack had won the battle of leadership he wanted to prove to the boys he was a true leader and a great hunter. He ordered the boys to sharpen their spears at both ends because they were going to hunt down Ralph and kill him as an offering to the "beast". I think this proves how un-secure Jack is, having to prove himself in this way to the people that are meant to be his friends. Jack tortured Sam an Eric until they told him where Ralph was hiding. Jack decided to smoke Ralph out by setting fire to the forest that covered the island. They were treating Ralph like an animal. Just as it looked like they were going to catch him a sailor appeared on the island. The boys seem to change back from being savage like to normal teenagers over a period of seconds. I think this story shows how if you can work together things can go right, but if you split up and work as individuals things may not run as smoothly. By Ollie Giles ...read more.

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