Democracy in Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies Essay A range of two leadership styles are depicted in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, with Ralph representing a democratic leader, while Jack exemplifies a dictator. While on the island, the boys have a choice of following either Ralph, the more sensitive leader who cares about the others, or Jack, the more harsh leader who puts himself before the other boys and strives for power over the others. Ralph uses more of a democratic method. He allows others to contribute ideas. In the beginning of the novel when the boys first discuss who should become the leader, Ralph brings forth the idea of voting, “'Let's have a vote,' 'Yes!' 'Vote for chief!'” (22), showing that Ralph is fair and willing to agree…show more content…
Jack is an effective leader because he knows what the boys want. They don’t want to sit around all day tending to a fire, they want to unleash their inner child and roam free while hunting pigs. Ralph doesn’t seem to understand that most boys follow their superficial needs and what seems right at the time. It shows even further the different leadership styles of both
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