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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What are the qualities that makes Ralph a good leader? How does the writer reveal these qualities to the readers?

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Ralph is a good leader because of his physical prowess, his confidence and readiness to act that this produces, and his ease with people. He's also good in part because he doesn't get caught up with theory or questions the way Piggy does, and is not, at the start of the book, subject to fears or anxieties.

The author shows this in two ways: through showing him in action demonstrating these qualities, and through showing how others (such as Piggy) react to him.

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