Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How is Jack a better leader in the novel Lord of the Flies?

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Jack is a better leader in that he understands that authority has to be backed up with force. Otherwise, it's worse than useless. Having rules and laws is all very well, but if you're not able to enforce them with the threat of violence then they don't mean anything. That's what Ralph doesn't realize and it's why he's so easily outmaneuvered by Jack.

In any given society, if the system of government is to survive, it needs to have a legal monopoly on violence in the form of an army and a police force. If not, then it can be be overthrown at any time by superior force. That's what happens in Lord of the Flies . Ralph makes no effort to enforce his will through violence, and that allows Jack to...

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