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Who is a better leader Jack or Ralph?

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Introduction

Who is a better leader Jack or Ralph? LOTF by William Golding was published in 1954, which was very shortly after the Second World War. In the story it's almost as though we see a mini war breakout amongst the boys. Where Ralph is the equivalent of Churchill who represents democracy and stands for peace and wellbeing. Then there's Jack who is the equivalent of Hitler; the antithesis of democracy and peace. Golding shows us that Ralph and jack are opposites right from the beginning when he describes their physical appearance. Jack is described as 'skinny' and 'bony' with red hair wearing black. It sounds as though Golding is describing the grim reaper who as we all know is associated with death and evil. And also Black and red are colours that are normally associated with evil or villainy whereas Ralph is described as tall for his age and handsome with fair hair and this sounds as though Golding is describing a hero for example someone like Hercules. ...read more.

Middle

He presides over the boys with a natural sense of authority and agrees to a vote for chief. This emphasises the relationship with Churchill and democracy whereas Jack begins to boast about how he ought to assume the role of chief automatically because he's chapter chorister and head boy. And he can sing a c sharp. When obviously none of those things are going to help them get off the island. Ralph becomes chief by vote and this establishes a conflict between the different leadership qualities offered by jack and Ralph. Jack demonstrates a military mindset, like Hitler; strict and authoritarian. He orders his choir about as if they were troops. He doesn't seem to even care when one of them falls flat on their face and simply says. 'He's always throwing a faint...' ...read more.

Conclusion

Personally I disagree with this statement as it totally ignores the fact that Ralph is the one character who remains the most civilized throughout the entire novel, he unlike anyone else including piggy, is able to acknowledge that what they did to Simon was murder- The unlawful killing of another human being. Although Ralph lacks Piggy's overt intellect, he is calm and rational, with sound judgement and a strong moral sensibility. He is susceptible to the same instinctual influences that affect the other boys, for example Ralph's role in Simon's death. But With his attention to justice and equality Ralph represents liberation and democracy as a leader. So who is a better leader? I suppose ultimately this begs the question would you rather live in an anarchic society based on dictatorship and evil such as that of Jack and Hitler? Or in a democracy based upon peace such as that of Ralph and Churchill? ...read more.

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