What conclusion does Ralph come to about being chief in Lord of the Flies?  

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Ralph is convinced that the boys need a chief to guide them.

Ralph does not want to be chief for the power.  He just wants to keep the boys together and keep them safe.  Ralph has trouble keeping the boys together from the beginning.  He is chosen as chief because he is the one who blew the conch, but this does not imbue him with leadership skills.

You said Ralph was chief and you don’t give him time to think. Then when he says something you rush off, like, like–” (ch 1)

Ralph is not sure he is the one for the job.  It is harder than he thought.  When Ralph complains that no one listens to him, Simon says he’s the chief and he needs to tell them off.  Ralph is a nominal chief only, and has no real authority.

“I was chief, and you were going to do what I said. You talk. But you can’t even build huts—then you go off hunting and let out the fire—” (ch 4)

Jack  takes over as chief for the boys in his faction, reinforcing his power by randomly beating some of them.  In either case, they lack direction.  None of the boys is qualified or capable of being chief.


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