Through Ralph being the leader on the island, it shows him as a morally ambiguous character struggling with man’s innate evil. Ralph is clearly struggling to maintain calm when he says, “‘I was chief, and you were going to do what I said. You talk. But you can’t even build huts--then you go off hunting and let out the fire--’” (Golding 70-71). Ralph talks about him being chief in the past tense as if he no longer is because from the ways the boys are acting, he does not feel that he is being respected. Ralph is annoyed that instead of building shelter the boys play in the water and that instead of manning the fire, the only chance for the boys to be noticed, they decide hunting is more important than being rescued. Ralph means well by these orders, he wants to see that every boy on the island survives. At the same time he is struggling to be calm and he is not doing a good job at it. Also as the leader Ralph is not the one
“ “Shut up,” said Ralph absently. He lifted the couch. “Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things around here.” (Chapter 1, Page 22) Ralph immediately notices the boys need some leadership his natural choice is to help guide these boys. He, however, lacks this responsibility. He doesn't continue to command respect from the boys. Ralph grows up faster in the book due to Jack. Later Jack breaks the tribe apart with his appealingly savage ways. Jack ended up establishing a hunting tribe. Once the tribe breaks Ralph tries to bring it back together, but since he didn’t have solid leadership skills even though he might have developed some compassion. He tries to convince Jack that he is still in charge and has power over the boys. The changes Ralph undergoes, from self-centered to group centered, doesn't reflect the island as a whole. They are all too elated to abandon the trappings of society.
After that they elect Ralph as chief and Ralph let’s Jack have his choir and he let them do whatever they wanted to do and it was being hunters. Jack thinks he should be a leader because he can sing, but to be a leader you need to know how to lead people into the right path. Ralph didn’t say anything about wanting to be chief because he wanted the people to decide things and not be selfish and take the power all for himself. Ralph and Jack from the beginning didn't agree on who's going to be the chief because they both want to lead the group in their own separate way. Jack is trying to be a leader but the boys chose Ralph over Jack because they thought Ralph was fit to be the chief. Jack starts rebelling against Ralph and he starts saying that Ralph is a coward and isn't fit to be the chief. “Who thinks Ralph oughtn’t to be chief?” He looked expectantly at the boys ranged around, who had frozen. Under the palms there was deadly silence.“Hands up?” said Jack strongly, “whoever wants Ralph not to be chief?”The silence continued, breathless and heavy and full of shame. Slowly the red drained from Jack’s cheeks, then came back with a painful rush. He licked his lips and turned his head at an angle, so that his gaze avoided the embarrassment of linking with another’s eye. “How many think –” His voice trailed off. The hands that held the conch shook. He cleared his throat, and spoke loudly. “All right then.”He laid the conch with great care in the grass at his feet. The humiliating tears were running from the corner of each eye.“I’m not going to play any longer. Not with you.” (pg. 127) Jack leaves, but Ralph doesn't follow thinking that Jack will come back. Jack got tired of following Ralph and wants to show his true side because his nature is savagery while Ralph’s nature is civilization. The two boys can’t be in the same group because two leaders from different sides cannot work together, so Jack takes the first step by leaving
Ralph was a decent leader for the job even though they chose him because of the conch and appearance. Ralph and Jack were very different and have very different perspectives as chief. Jack was all about himself. Ralph just wanted to do what he could and get rescued. So the first quality there is his thinking and how he wants to get rescued. Even though throughout the book Ralph had some hard times being chief, he still took responsibility at the end of the book. Ralph measured well for the job. Not just because of his appearance and the conch, is how much he cares about the others of how he wanted to be rescued. Jacks reason to be chief is because he and his hunters got everyone food. Ralph did make commands but for good reasons. Ralph made
In my opinion, not a single boy on the island would have done a better job as chief as Ralph. This does not mean his performance as a chief was successful, though. Ralph was born a natural leader, his determination to lead others is what made the boys who voted for him believe that he was best suited for the job. When placed under stress, Ralph was not able to commit to his role of leadership. He, essentially, broke as a leader and was unable to successfully do the job. Although a leader is somebody with the willpower to bring others down the right path, Ralph showed that he was unable to withstand the pressure of being a
Not having been rescued yet has finally had a told on Ralph who seems to be getting more impatient as days pass by. Essentially what happens is he orders an assembly to take place where he will discuss with the group of boys how they need to follow orders how they need to do this or that in order to get rescued and at this point the boys no longer want to listen to him. They think he has "too many things" to say so they want to replace him. It was a great move for Ralph to do, remind the boys they need to take part being rescued. However, because at the beginning of when they were first on the island he had been a fun a chief they are not used to the idea of him wanting things to be done. They do not respect him anymore. They do not want to
Through word choice , actions,looks and thoughts, the character of of Ralph is introduced , explained developed over the course of the of the text it reveals his attitude. In the novel ralph finds the conch in the lagoon covered in seaweed ,and then learns how to make a sound when he blows in it. Then they start arguing about whos chief and they chose ralph but a few chapters later they argue over who has the right to be chief . The novel then states “"All this I meant to say. Now I've said it. You voted me for chief. Now you do what I say."They quieted, slowly, and at last were seated again. Ralph dropped down and spoke in his ordinary voice.” this piece of evidence shows how ralph is not wanting to step down his role of being chief and that he is a strong character with a strong personality. Also in the book at a time when ralph is lacking the actions of a good chief, he wants to prove he is the chief by wanting to go check for the beast up on the mountain."I'm chief. We've got to make certain that there is no beast. Can't you see the mountain? There's no signal showing. There may be a ship out there. Are you all off your rockers?" this evidence shows ralph's personality by, Ralph learning that just saying "I'm chief" isn't enough, you have to have people to enforce your system of laws and order.
Severe storms nor death can against me! I’m the one and only Tybalt Capulet, also the invincible and sacred, well-known as Juliet’s cousin. I persistently protect the name of the Capulets, but simultaneously have an eternal hate to the Montagues. I’m my own ruler and I don’t need anyone to tell me what to do and this goes directly to my uncle, Lord Capulet.
"All this I meant to say. Now I 've said it. You voted me for chief. Now you do what I say." They quieted, slowly, and at last were seated again. Ralph dropped down and spoke in his ordinary voice (Golding 81). All that Ralph needs to do is point that all of the boys chose to follow a specific set of rules. When a country is struggling, people look toward leaders that symbolizes something good, just as the just as Ralph was chosen to be Chief because of his symbolic power. “Ralph was vexed to find how little he thought like a grownup and sighed again. The island was getting worse and worse” (Golding 139). When Ralph observes that order is falling apart, he says the island is becoming worse and worse, rather than the boys. The simple fact that Ralph blames the island instead of the boys proves he is a good leader, and a good leader is civil.
When Ralph does take charge he does it silently and does not flaunt his intangibles, like Jack Merridew did, saying he is the lead choir boy amongst other things. Ralph took control of the castaways and won the boys over without being aggressive, without disrespecting Jack, and without arrogance and self made pride. He wins the boys over with his calming presence and his ability to get everyone on the same page. It is for all those reasons, that Ralph was able to win over the boys and ultimately take over the island, but doing so in a well balanced, fair democracy. While Ralph does lead the boys, however, there is still no love loss between Jack and Ralph. Later on in the novel, some of the boys have begun to lose interest and faith in Ralph's leadership. But instead many boys are becoming intrigued with by what Jack and his hunters are doing. It is for that reason that Ralph must give into the ways of these barbaric actions by the hunters. While out hunting one day, Jack and his fellow hunters are accompanied by Ralph who wants to contribute, learn, and feel the rush of hunting. The hunters and Ralph see a scurrying animal trot across the jungle, “ ‘Through here’ ‘But he’d do us!’ ‘Through here!’ Jack said… ‘I hit him!, said Ralph again’, and the spear stuck in a bit … ‘I saw you. Right on his snout, Whee!’ “ (113)
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Why would you go through the trouble of electing a new chief when you can just stick with me, Ralph? Why would you risk people having new conflicts that were not existing before? Why would you (rhetorical question) change the entire system of things when everything is working? I am not sure why anyone would want to elect a new chief when you have a perfect contender right in front of you. In the past, I might have gotten a bit carried away with the fact that we were going to be rescued, but now I have come to reality and have better plans for us. I have both the mental abilities as well as physical abilities, which make me the best candidate for chief. I am the best candidate for chief because the little’uns look up to me which is necessary for being chief. Vote for Ralph because I will make sure we will not starve, always make sure we are able to be rescued, and make
Although Jack was determined he was would be crowned chief, the tribe sees that Ralph possesses stronger leadership qualities. He has a genuine concern for the others and is attempting organization “that’s why Ralph made a meeting. So as we can decide what to do.” By this Ralph is taking charge and beginning to lead the tribe in order to survive. Fairness also plays a part in Ralph’s leadership as “Jack’s in charge of the choir.” Ralph cannot take all of the responsibility and will possibly need help assigning jobs and/or tasks. Although Ralph is the chief, he can always use a helping hand. Mr. Golding characterizes Ralph with these attributes in order to assist him in gaining some respect from all of the boys stranded on this island, while
Being a leader is hard work and the boys on the island defiantly need a leader because, so many people decided to not listen to Ralph nor Piggy, all everyone does is fight about little things. At this point in the novel, Ralph is the best choice for leader. For example, “Jack stood up scowling in the gloom, and held out his hands. “But you’ve talked!” “I’ve got the conch.” Jack sat down, grumbling.” (Page 81-82). This example shows that no one listens to the simple rules that Ralph established for the conch and no one can follow them. It’s hard to get everybody to follow rules, it’s hard being a