Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What is the conflict between Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies?

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Ralph did not always represent the good in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Although we tend to associate the conflict between the two boys in terms of good and evil, the reality in the text is much more blurred. For example, when Ralph first meets Piggy , he is not good or spiritual; enough to recognise the good (priceless) qualities of this new potential friend. a true friend is one of the...

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In the book Lord of the Flies  Ralph is appointed leader by the boys whn they land on the island.  Jack felt that he should have been the leader because he is the leader of the boy's choir.  It is their first conflict.

Later Jack becomes more savage.  He desires to be the hunter and make a kill.  As he exerts his power through his ability to hunt and kill, the other boys are drawn to him.  He maintains his power through his savage behaviors and bullying.  He is essentially the evil of man.

Ralph tries to maintain dignity and compassion despite the trials of living on the island.  He slowly loses control of the boys as their leader.  Ralph is the good side of mankind and he wants to continue to have order and civilized behavior.

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