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What are three main similarities and differences between Jack and Ralph from the novel Lord of the Flies?  

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1). Ralph makes it clear from the start that he wants to establish a rule-based order on the island. He knows that if the boys are to survive, they need to create some semblance of civilization. Otherwise, without adult supervision, they're likely to descend into outright violence.

Jack, however, couldn't care less about any of this. He just wants to be king of the castle, the absolute ruler and dictator of the island. Far from seeing violence as a threat, he welcomes it as a way of consolidating his power and exerting control over the other boys.

2). Jack sees the whole experience of...

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In doing a comparison and contrast between Jack and Ralph one can say that both boys were around the same age and were part of the older group of boys.  Each of the boys had a strong personality which gave them the qualities of a leader and they were both physically fit and in good shape.

The difference in the boys is more prevalent because of the nature of the story.  Jack had a more aggressive and violent nature.  Ralph relished the qualities of a more civilized society and refused to engage in wild savage behaviors.  Jack gravitated towards follower’s that  were sadistic such as Rodger while Ralph tended to take on relationships with those ho needed him and who he could help like Piggy and the small boys.  Ralph was responsible and recognized that the fire needed to be controlled.  Jack abandoned traditional roles and responsibilities.

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