What are some specific examples from Lord of the Flies that Ralph symbolizes democratic leadership?
Golding seems to have pitted two political views aginst each other through Jack (dictator) and Ralph (democratic leader). I would like to show this through examples from the text.
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It is Ralph who first proposes that a chief be chosen to lead the boys, and he agrees with Roger's suggestion that the boys vote for the leader. Ralph also creates the policy that the possessor of the conch will be able to speak while the others must listen. Ralph allows Jack to keep his choir boys and to choose their main responsibility, and Ralph establishes the twice-daily meetings so the boys can discuss their needs. Ralph treats the littluns as equals, recognizing that they have special needs and cannot be expected to match the physical exertions of the older boys. As the duly elected leader, Ralph stands up to Jack and disagrees with his ridiculous blood-lust for hunting, knowing that the conflict may cause later problems. Even after Jack splits from the group, Ralph attempts to maintain order, reminding the boys that he has been duly elected as leader, and that the power of the conch must be recognized.
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