Leadership: Lord of the Flies

1692 Words Mar 23rd, 2001 7 Pages
Comparison of Leaders

Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding is able to touch on the many aspects of our civilization through the various characters he creates. Leadership plays a very important role in the novel as it does in real life because the characters need to feel some sense of security in order for them to survive. The two main leaders in the story, through their similar and different leadership characteristics and objectives fight back and forth to gain the discipline of the other boys on the island and generally the power to make the decisions that they feel should be made. Both leaders, Jack and Ralph, experience leading the group in their own style, which is similar in their desire for control yet different
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Jack immediately comes into the picture and questions Ralph's ideas and later calls for a vote amongst the boys hoping that he will become elected (Golding 19). Ralph opens the story not quite sure what he has to do and becomes a leader when he understands that no one else is looking to take a standing role within the group. Once he encounters Jack, he wants full control of the group, as he does not appeal to the methods of leading that Jack is trying to impose on to the group. Ralph believes that he has the best ideas and
Dean 4 answers for the boys' survival and only looks for control because he can not allow Jack to come in and lead the boys in the wrong direction. Ralph receives the nod as the leader of the group after he wins the election (Golding 19) which causes Jack to be in a frenzy and start to think of how he can take control. Midway through the novel Jack is able to take control of the boys as he begins to show his hunters of the fun they could have if they chose Jack as their new leader (Golding 140). In the end, both Jack and Ralph lose control of the situation when the navel officer comes onto the beach to take the boys back home (Golding 223-225). In the novel we see both Ralph and Jack wanting full control of the boys and attain it by using their leadership qualities
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