Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How does the contrast between Jack's and Ralph's personalities reveal itself at the meeting in Lord of the Flies?

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The most obvious way Jack and Ralph's personalities reveal themselves at the meeting is when the boys decide to vote for whether Jack or Ralph should be the group's leader. Jack disagrees with the idea. He thinks that in the short time he has been with the group, he has more than shown his leadership qualities. Ralph, on the other hand, not only encourages the vote but encourages them to do so in a fair manner.

The author highlights Jack's dictatorial approach to leadership even before the meeting starts. As the leader of a choir, Jack marches his group towards the meeting in such an organized manner that from a distance they look like one big, dark monster.

When he finally arrives, the author describes him as follows.

His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of his face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger.

Jack then tries to assert his authority by first mocking Piggy and then questioning why someone of his stature,...

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