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In Lord of the Flies how is Ralph a better leader than Jack? So far, I have that Ralph...

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mballaz191 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 21, 2009 at 7:00 AM via web

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In Lord of the Flies how is Ralph a better leader than Jack?

So far, I have that Ralph is more determined, respectful, and more civilised. 

Here is what I have written:

Determined: Ralph always wanted to get rescued and was focused. His main priority was the fire, getting rescued, and serving the greater good. Jack, however, only cares about the meat and is transfixed on getting the meat, a subordinate priority.

Respectful: Ralph is respectful to the others, affording them turns to speak with the conch. Jack shows disrespect when he disobeys Ralph, causing the fire to be extinguished and thus causing the ship passing by to not notice them.

Civilised: Ralph wants order, demonstrated by the laws he sets at the beginning, giving authority to whomever holds the conch. Whereas on the contrary, Jack defies the rules, saying, "sucks to the rules." Even though Ralph slipped to savagery twice, his true intentions are to remain good.

That's basically it. Tell me what you think. Should I add or change anything?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 21, 2009 at 9:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Quite simply a leader such as Ralph is rational--although flawed at time--and demands order.  For instance, he prioritizes by making the kindling of the rescue of paramount importance.  He seeks to maintain order by regular meetings in which protocol is observed: one must have the conch in order to speak.  Rational decisions must be made; fright and superstition and animal urges are controlled and not allowed to rule a person.  When, for example, the boys speak of the beast, Ralph and Piggy seek to allay their fears as an adult would, and tell the boys that they will search the island.  In short, Ralph acts in a civilised manner typical of British culture. (civilised is the word)

On the other hand, Jack represents anarchy.  He is typical of the dictator of some South American countries who come into power through force and exert force to control others.  Jack engages the hunters in hunts, but also sadistic games such as the one in which they pretend that Robert is the pig.  Soon thereafter, the boys kill Simon--a natural progression for such sadistic savagery.  Always Roger stands in the background, Roger, the evil side of Jack, the embodiment of sadism who only held back from hurting Henry earlier in the novel because of the conditioning of his British society.  Given the opportunity to kill, Roger, who represents what all the hunters are progressing toward, brutally murders Piggy. From this point on the boys degenerate; Sam and Eric are conscripted into the hunters under duress and Ralph becomes prey to the savages.  Ironically, the link to civilisation, the fire, saves Ralph as it rages out of control and the naval ship sights it.

Anarchy or order--This is the choice between Jack and Ralph in "Lord of the Flies." 

By the way, be sure to employ the literary present tense.  One always uses present tense since he/she is analyzing/interpreting in the present moment.

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mballaz191 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 21, 2009 at 7:02 AM (Answer #2)

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I'm currently on the last paragraph (civilised) any hints on how i should wrtie it or any other tips for the essay?

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gotocar | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2012 at 3:14 AM (Answer #3)

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Jack is agressive And mean

Ralph does not put people down 

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salmabouhlel | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2014 at 3:18 PM (Answer #4)

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I think Jack is a better leader in the sense that he gets the boys to follow his orders. He manages to impose his authotrity unlike Ralph, who at first seems like he has everything under control but as the time passes he wavers. The kids start neglecting their chores and either start playing, swimming or hunting. However, Jack succeeds in unifying them even if he abuses his powers and backslides into savagery.

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