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What characteristics makes Ralph a beter leader than Jack?

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prince0295 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:28 AM via web

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What characteristics makes Ralph a beter leader than Jack?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 9, 2012 at 3:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Ralph has several qualities that make him an excellent leader. These characteristic come out right from the beginning. As the other boys are just concerned with playing around and having fun. Jack takes the lead and shows foresight, wisdom, and a knack for planning. He is the one who first suggests building huts and thinking of various ways of getting rescued. On a symbolic level, Ralph is a voice for civilization and order. In light of all these qualities, it is no wonder that the boys elect him to be the leader.

Jack is the opposite of Ralph. All he wants is power. This can be seen right in the beginning. He is furious when he loses the leadership role to Ralph. And as the story continues, Jack become more savage and he is obsessed with killing the pig. At one point he even paints his face - symbolic of his barbarism. He also uses the idea of the beast as a way to control the boys with fear.

In light of these points, it is clear that Ralph is the better leader, as he appeals to the best in humanity. He stands for civilization and order. Jack's leadership is based on fear and the savagery that still remains in all of us.

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sidihorne | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 9, 2012 at 6:07 AM (Answer #2)

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Ralph is the athletic, charismatic protagonist of Lord of the Flies. Elected the leader of the boys at the beginning of the novel, Ralph is the primary representative of order, civilization, and productive leadership in the novel. While most of the other boys initially are concerned with playing, having fun, and avoiding work, Ralph sets about building huts and thinking of ways to maximize their chances of being rescued. For this reason, Ralph’s power and influence over the other boys are secure at the beginning of the novel. However, as the group gradually succumbs to savage instincts over the course of the novel, Ralph’s position declines precipitously while Jack’s rises. Eventually, most of the boys except Piggy leave Ralph’s group for Jack’s, and Ralph is left alone to be hunted by Jack’s tribe. Ralph’s commitment to civilization and morality is strong, and his main wish is to be rescued and returned to the society of adults. In a sense, this strength gives Ralph a moral victory at the end of the novel, when he casts the Lord of the Flies to the ground and takes up the stake it is impaled on to defend himself against Jack’s hunters.

 

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kingj2 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM (Answer #3)

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Ralph has several qualities that make him an excellent leader. These characteristic come out right from the beginning. As the other boys are just concerned with playing around and having fun. Ralph takes the lead and shows foresight, wisdom, and a knack for planning. He is the one who first suggests building huts and thinking of various ways of getting rescued. On a symbolic level, Ralph is a voice for civilization and order. In light of all these qualities, it is no wonder that the boys elect him to be the leader.

Jack is the opposite of Ralph. All he wants is power. This can be seen right in the beginning. He is furious when he loses the leadership role to Ralph. And as the story continues, Jack become more savage and he is obsessed with killing the pig. At one point he even paints his face - symbolic of his barbarism. He also uses the idea of the beast as a way to control the boys with fear.

In light of these points, it is clear that Ralph is the better leader, as he appeals to the best in humanity. He stands for civilization and order. Jack's leadership is based on fear and the savagery that still remains in all of us.

 

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