“ “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.
Both Jack and Ralph were struggling for power. At first, Jack and Ralph had similar goals for what they should do on the island. They quickly retreated when Jack became obsessed with hunting for pigs on the island. Ralph thought that they should keep the signal fire going at all times. Jack started to see that he did not want to leave the island he like that there were no rules. Ralph on the other hand felt that they could not be here forever. Ralph wanted to be rescued from the island. They're very different opinion forces Jack to leave Ralph's group and start his own. Jack toke most of the other boys with him leaving Ralph with very few people. From all of this Ralph started to realize that leading a group of people was not easy. There would always be people like Jack that would disagree. Jack left feeling insulted from Ralph insulting his hunting he felt that Ralph had undermined him as a result Jack turned mean and
Jack also gains power over Ralph in that he can supply meat. He gets more followers by enticing the boys with the promise of meat. Due to this, most of Ralph’s “followers” desert him and flock to Jack and his food. As their leader, Jack acts very immaturely, saying that they will hunt, and won’t do anything to try to get off the island. The other boys quite like this, as they are also immature and do not want to work, they just want
Jack is trying to help but he somehow makes a mess of what he is doing as shown here, “A fire! Make a fire! At once half the boys were on their feet, Jack clamored among them, the conch forgotten. Come on! Follow me! The space under the palm trees was full of noise and movement. Ralph was on his feet too, shouting for quiet, but none heard him. All at once the crowd swayed toward the island and was gone-following Jack.”(Golding, 17) Whenever Jack feels like he has something to do, he gets too anxious and tries to complete it without giving it a full thought while Ralph on the other hand is always giving it another thought so what they do won’t kill any of them. Jack acts very childish in this quote which makes full sense of why he was not leader and Ralph is. Jack shows very childish behavior which does not make him a good leader for society in this quote, "I ought to be chief," said Jack with simple arrogance, "because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp." (Golding, 16) Jack shows arrogance while trying to be chief which shows that Jack can easily ruin the society with quick and easy remarks that are not thought through. Jack is proving that he is not worthy of becoming a leader to the tribe. As shown by the quotes, Jack is going to ruin society with his arrogance and Ralph is just going to make things more civilized so they can keep civilization inside of them instead of
Jack Merridew is presented as the indifferent, older character of the novel. He is the antagonist and could be seen as a devil figure in the story. Jack is the hunter, the dictator and, throughout the story, is at constant battle with Ralph for his leadership. Jack wants to be in control of the island and the kids but the type of leadership that he offers is brutal and similar to that of a dictatorship and communism. Jack also believes that the group should have fun and stuff oneself with the food they hunt. He is not very concerned with the future of being rescued. On the other hand, Ralph wants order and work and is much more concern with being rescued.
While at Jack’s dining party, Ralph and Piggy decide to show up. Jack tries to convince Ralph to join their tribe but Ralph refuses: “‘I’m chief’, said Ralph, “because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going. Now you run after food-” (Golding 211). In this passage, Ralph and Jack get into an argument deciding who the leader should be. This quote clearly contrasts the two leadership qualities. While Ralph wants to keep the fire going, Jack just wants to hunt for food and have fun. This shows that Ralph is showing better leadership qualities because he wants to do what is right for their survival, rather than Jack who wants to do what is most fun for the team. At the end of the book, a Naval Officer finds the island submerged in fire. When he asks the boys the question “who’s boss here?’ Ralph immediately says he is despite what the other boys say. “‘Who’s in boss here?’ ‘I am,’ said Ralph loudly” (Golding 284). In this passage, Ralph is admitting that he is leader despite what the others think of him. He says this because he knows he has the most leadership qualities. This action shows that he is a leader because of his
Jack and Ralph have different leadership style from each other. Ralph cares about other people he is selfless, like a leader he helps the team to procced with their task. Ralph also cares about other people opinion in the group as he has an open mind about opinions, he does not use fear to get power over the group. Ralph is trying hard to keep the group civilized in the book by setting rules. “And another thing .We ought to have more rules” (Golding 42). This quote shows that Ralph is trying to control the group as there is no order in the group, and that everyone is goofing around. Unlike Jack who has militaristic type of leadership he is also the leader of the hunters. He doesn’t value other people’s opinion and he wants things to go his way. Also he uses fear to enforce order in his own group of hunters. “‘He’s terror. And the chief –they’re both-terrors”” (Golding 189). This quote shows that Jack with the help of Roger they both
What makes up a leader? In the book Lord of the Flies, whose author is William Golding, this question wasn’t well thought through before a leader was chosen. Though the main characters are only little kids, they had a challenging choice they had to make; they had not the slightest idea that the choice that they would make might amount to some of them losing their lives. In the Lord of the Flies, a group of boys from an all-boys school, crash-landed on an inhabited island. Upon arriving on the island, they had to choose who would be chief. Mostly everybody chose the same kid as a chief. Though, only a handful of boys, the choir boys were loyal to their choir leader, Jack, voted him as chief. Yet the result was the same, Ralph was chief. The reason behind why the kids nominated Ralph chief was because he looked more appealing than jack and he seemed to know what to do. Like for instance, the kids were bewildered when they saw that Ralph had the conch in his hands and that he was not the “man with a trumpet.” Then they realized that Ralph was “the man with the trumpet” and perceived that he would make a fine leader. I say overall: his honesty, his ability to
To begin, Ralph is the best leader on the island. Ralph is an excellent leader because he is most concerned about order, civility and he does not give up. In chapter 2, Fire on the Mountain, Ralph said, “ If we have a signal fire going they will come and take us off. And another thing. We ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that is a meeting” (Golding 42). Ralph knew that order was falling apart so he decided to have some more rules. Without these rules the boys would have became savages as soon as they met on the island. Another example of ralph’s leadership is that he is most concerned about civilization. In chapter 9, A View to a Death, Ralph states “I’m chief because you chose me. And we are going to keep the fire going. Now you go look for food” (Golding 150). Ralph stands up and speaks when he thinks civilization is falling apart. Without civilization the kids would be running around creating chaos like a bunch of savages. A final example of Ralph’s leaderships is that he never gives up. In chapter 8, Gift for the Darkness, Goldings
Ralph displays useful human qualities as a leader by helping the boys’ society. Ralph believes that in order to stay civilized , they need order and stability. For example, Ralph says to the boys, “ Shut Up! Wait! Listen!” (38). This text evidence shows how Ralph is taking charge of the society and is trying to figure out the best solution to getting off the island and getting rescued. Ralph also keeps his whole focus on getting off the island unlike Jack. Ralph's leadership allows peace and charge on the island which makes him a better leader than Jack.
When it comes to leadership Jack and Ralph have very few similarities, and many differences. Jack seeks to take control and be the leader in every situation. When Ralph was elected leader, Jack interjected and elected himself as leader of his choir. He is very forceful when it comes to doing things his way. For example, this quote from
Anybody who has read the book “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding has asked the question, who is a better leader, Jack or Ralph? Jack and Ralph are both great leaders. Each leader has his own characteristic on why he is a better leader. It honestly depends on the reader’s personality. Does the reader prefer a more savage, straight to the point leader, or does the reader prefer a leader who is soft going, is respectful, and overall a better human being. Many people would agree that Jack would overall be a better leader. Jack’s savagery would influence the boys to become more savage, and stay alive during this crisis. Jack cuts straight to the point without sugar coating anything, and is harsher on the boys. Also , due to the fact that