In Lord of the Flies, what reason does Ralph give for the boys' defection to Jack? What kind of leader is Jack?

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Ralph explains the boys defection to Jack as follows: "They're having fun."

He pits this "fun" against the responsible needs of their community, which means tending to the fire:

The fire's the most important thing. Without the fire we can't be rescued. I'd like to put on war-paint and be a savage. But we must keep the fire burning. The fire's the most important thing on the island.

Ralph, however, loses out to the primitive release of repressed desires that Jack represents. The younger boys want to have fun through the indulgence in war paint and savage antics that Jack offers. He gives the boys meat, something they desire, while Ralph and Piggy offer them only the deferred gratification of rescue and the less exciting task of tending the fire.

Jack represents Hitler and his appeal to people's atavistic, unconscious urges for supremacy and violence—what writer Thomas Wolfe called the primitive desires of mankind and described as usually being buried under a rock. (However, he states that in the 1930s, they were unleashed through waves of racism, triumphalism, and warfare.) Jack provides something similar to Hitler's torchlit night parades and ominous pounding boots. Ralph and Piggy represent the ordered, civilized world of Roosevelt and Churchill—the appeal of which is more elusive.

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In chapter 9, Ralph asks Piggy where everybody is at, and Piggy responds by telling him that the majority of boys have decided to join Jack's tribe. When Piggy comments that the boys have left because they desire meat, Ralph says:

And for hunting . . . and for pretending to be a tribe, and putting on war-paint. (Golding 212)

At this point in the novel, Ralph is aware of the enticing influence of hunting, eating meat, and behaving like a savage. Although Ralph is a proponent of civility and desperately attempts to cultivate a civil society on the island, he acknowledges that most of the boys would rather behave like savages and have fun. It is important to remember that Ralph has also experienced the thrill of hunting and has been captivated by bloodlust.

Throughout the novel, Ralph is a proponent of civility and morality while Jack represents savagery and champions anarchy. Jack is depicted as a brutal tyrant who controls his subjects using manipulation and violence. Jack is willing to torture anyone who questions his policies and uses fear to oppress and manage the members of his tribe.

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Ralph says, in chapter 9, that the boys are going to Jack's tribe so they can have fun and act like children.  He says the boys are leaving him so they can hunt, pretend to be a tribe, and put on war paint.  Jack offers the boys excitement and lures them with food from his hunts.  He doesn't tell them that he will control them completely however - that's the lure and the trap of a dictator which is what he becomes.  Ralph realizes the need for organization and order.  He knows that to survive, they will have to work.  He knows that they cannot be children any longer, that they must become responsible.  He doesn't know, however, how to communicate this effectively to the other boys.  Jack instinctively knows how to entice the boys with tales of fun and adventure and promises of food - the equivalent of wealth.

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