Conflict For Power In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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A group of young boys on an island, isolated from all of the rules and bindings of civilization, face one important problem. No matter how far from society they are, they will still need a leader who rules with authority. There are two boys who want to rule the others; Ralph and Jack. Throughout William Golding's book Lord of the Flies there is a major plot within the conflict for power between Ralph and Jack. Ralph's leadership style is one where there are lots of rules and order, while Jack's leadership style is more of a lawless savage way of managing people. The conflict for power is the root of the majority of violence between the boys. The conch is blown, and the boys unite. They elect a leader and they choose Ralph to be chief. When Jack isn’t elected, he becomes jealous and envies Ralph. This jealousy and envy turns to hatred and resentment. These strong feelings towards Ralph are the main reasons that cause the evil that occurs in this book. Ralph’s leadership style is very democratic, where everyone has a say and there are assemblies. The point of these assemblies are to avoid conflict and get everyone's opinion. The assemblies symbolize order. When the Ralph first becomes chief, his methods of governing seem effective. However, as the book progresses, Ralph loses power and he seems weak to everyone. He tries to prevent violence, but as his power decreases, the level of violence increases greatly. Ralph is no longer effective at managing the boys. No important
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