In Lord of the Flies, why is Ralph fit to be a leader? Why is Simon fit to be a visionary?In Lord of the Flies, there were some leaders, and visionaries.
In Lord of the Flies, Ralph fits the leadership role. He is tall and fair haired. He is twelve years old. He has a great physique. He is flat-stomached and could grow up to be a boxer. Likewise, he is of a calm nature:
In the beginning, he is mild-mannered, carefree and fluent, exuding sunny confidence. He finds the conch. Is elected leader and initiates necessity to build shelters and a fire.
Ralph represents leadership through a common sense approach. He also represents governmental authority. Ralph insists on keeping the fire going to signal a ship that may be passing by. He also encourages the boys to create shelters.
Ralph has a directness in his leadership approach. The narrator calls it "genuine leadership."
Simon is a visionary. He likes to get alone and meditate. He often goes up the mountain alone. He has a secret hiding place where he sits and meditates. Simon is the most symbolic in the story. He has the vision of a religious prophet. He compares to the Christ figure. He can see things in a different light than the other boys. His behavior is that of a spiritual nature. He is Ralph's faithful helper in building the shelters. He has a sense of understanding why Ralph thinks the shelters are so important. He is sensitive and faces his fears directly. He has the clearest vision of all the boys. He dies a cruel death and all because he was trying to share that he had seen the beast and knew it to be a parachutist who had died. He died before he could share his good news.