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The Way to Lead (Lord of the Flies)

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Charlotte Vergara CV1 Mrs. Gittins ENG2D Friday, January 7, 2005 The Way to Lead Lord of the Flies, a novel written by William Golding, concerns a group of British boys who are stranded on a deserted island after their plane is shot down during the war. The boys have to survive using only the island's resources. A leader is needed to control the boys, and Ralph is voted leader though Jack thinks he is better than Ralph. However, Ralph is a better leader than Jack. Ralph focuses on being rescued and being able to survive for a long time, whereas Jack is only concerned about daily survival. Ralph is more of a democratic leader, listening to other people's ideas and suggestions, and distributing work evenly among the boys, while Jack only cares about himself and wants to do things his own way. Lastly, Ralph sets down rules they must follow in order to keep them civilized, unlike Jack, who wants everyone to follow him and do whatever he wants to do, which eventually leads them to savagery. In the early chapters of the novel, Ralph directs the group's focus on the hope for rescue. ...read more.


Early in the novel, the "beast" in Jack takes over him, and Jack no longer feels the need to complete the tasks necessary for rescue. He is not interested in keeping the fire going, so he takes the whole choir hunting, which decreases their chances of being rescued because the fire is out. Furthermore, Ralph often daydreams about his life back home; he recalls memories of a peaceful, clean, and civilized life. This is one of the reasons why he is so intent on being rescued. It is evident from the beginning that Ralph is a natural leader. The first sign of his good leadership skills is his use of the conch to call an assembly, "He laid the conch against his lips, and took a deep breath and blew once more" (12-13). His democratic style of leadership, and the ideas and suggestions of his wise friend Piggy helps him keep order among the boys. Ralph also shows politeness as he listens to the others' comments and opinions. He designates tasks to certain people to make it easier for everyone to survive on the island, and to make sure everyone is looked after. ...read more.


conch when he has the chance, such as calling his own meeting to accuse Ralph of not being a good leader, "He's not a hunter. He'd never have got us meat. He isn't a prefect and we don't know anything about him. He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing." (139) Jack convinces some boys to follow him, and others are forced to. However, as the boys follow every command Jack makes, they become more violent, aggressive and dangerous. They become total savages, to the extent where they hunt Ralph and intend to kill him. To conclude, Ralph truly is a better leader than Jack. Ralph focuses on the bigger picture; being rescued, while Jack is only concerned about the little things; the lust for kill. Ralph remains fair and wants everyone to do something to help one another out, whereas Jack only cares about himself. Ralph listens to the advice of his wise friend Piggy and uses his right judgment in an attempt to maintain civilization, but Jack let things get out of control and leads the boys to savagery. The skills and qualities that Ralph possesses are what make him a better leader than Jack. ...read more.

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