William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

1578 Words Mar 4th, 2016 7 Pages
“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes” (Peter Drucker). In the novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, a decent sized group of boys are marooned on an island. This island starts as somewhat of an oasis, containing everything that the boys need to survive and thrive, except for one thing: a leader. One of the older boys would need to step up, and it comes down to Ralph, a boy around the age of twelve who finds the conch, which is used as a beacon for civilization, and Jack, a boy of Ralph’s age, but is also the leader of a group of choir boys, who advocate for Jack from the beginning. The decision comes down to a vote, and Ralph is chosen with all the boys, except for the choir, voting for him. He is a somewhat effective leader at first, but soon Jack rises to power, and aids in the corruption of the school boys. As they become more and more savage-like, they start to hunt Ralph down and attempt to kill him. Jack’s hunters try to smoke him out and end up setting the whole island ablaze. Luckily, a naval officer had seen the smoke and went to the island to check it out. Ralph has a very drastic transformation on the island, and it is all related to his upbringing and his life before marooning. Ralph possess traits from his pre-island life that affects his life on the island, such as, having a father in the Royal Navy, having the most common sense on the island, and, as a leader, he…
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