William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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“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…show more content…
Every child needs a parent, including the boys on the island. Seeing as the oldest boys are only around the age of twelve, the dependency between son and parent is still relatively strong. The two best examples of this would be Ralph and Piggy. Ralph bringing up his daddy “...mirror[s] Piggy’s talk of ‘Auntie’” (Major 2). Piggy constantly brings up his Auntie and how she works in a sweet shop, just like Ralph speaks about his father being in the Navy. While Piggy’s Auntie enables Piggy to become nearly unable to function without adults, making him very weak on the island, Ralph’s father equipts Ralph with the ability to become a better leader. In only the first few pages, Ralph tells Piggy about his background, “I could swim when I was five. Daddy taught me. He 's a commander in the Navy. When he gets leave he 'll come and rescue us…” (Golding 13). Piggy does not care about the father of Ralph, only why Ralph is so good at swimming, but because the boys are still so closely tied to civilization, he mentions it because he knows that he can brag about it. This is also the first time Ralph thinks of rescue, and he never really loses this connection to rescue and being saved, as well as it “...foreshadows Ralph’s leadership at the beginning of the novel…” (Dad 1). Just as he hears of the beastie, he boasts his father’s position as a Naval commander to secure his spot as leader and lower the tension in the crowd. “My father 's in the Navy. He
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