Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, there are many characters that are great examples of good and bad leaders. Most readers perceive Ralph as a good leader, while Jack is a bad leader. Other characters, such as Simon and Piggy, are seen as somewhere in the middle. There are many qualities, good and bad, in all of these characters throughout the book. Looking at the events that happened on the island can help a reader see which character is the best leader. There are multiple qualities of a good leader. A good leader must be confident, approachable, knowledgeable, motivated, and compassionate. On the contrary, all of the boys have qualities of bad leaders. A bad leader is shortsighted, negative, violent, controlling and narcissistic. All of the boys have these qualities to a certain extent. Jack is a very confident leader, which is shown throughout the book. He is very committed to hunting for food with his tribe, and he’s motivated to capture and kill the beastie. Otherwise, he does not have many qualities of a good leader. Simon has many good qualities of a leader. He’s approachable, knowledgeable, motivated, and compassionate. He shows he’s compassionate and organized when he gives fruit to the littluns that’s too high for them to reach: “Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for [the littluns] the fruit they could not reach… [and] passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.” (Golding, 51). He obviously cares about the
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