Two separate illustrations of an animal head and a fire on a mountain

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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Do you agree with the quote "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both" in the context of Lord of the Flies? Discuss Jack or Ralph's leadership style.

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If you look at the comparison between Jack and Ralph, I think it is easy to suggest that Jack represents the leader who is feared and you can examine the results of his style in a critical way.  Is it better that the boys feared him and were willing to go over to his side because of their desire for meat and hunting but also because he was adept at utilizing the fear of the beast, etc., to bring them to his side?

The question is more complicated because you are dealing with a group of children.  This may make it even more useful to be feared given that children are arguably easier to frighten than adults and so can be more easily manipulated by the fear of the beast or any number of other things.

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