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Book Report On Lord Of The Flies, By William Golding

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In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, Ralph is a better leader than Jack, and the true leader of the boys. In addition to being elected Leader by the other boys, Ralph had excellent ideas such as the signal fire, and better ways to make more reliable shelters. The fact that Ralph was elected should alone be enough to make his position as Leader apparent. He also devises the only plan for rescue, and makes the well being of the others his top priority, as is demonstrated by the fact that he is the only one to care about the shelters and how reliable they are. All of these qualities mark Ralph as the true leader of the boys.In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, Ralph is a better leader than Jack, and the true leader of the boys. In addition to being elected Leader by the other boys, Ralph had excellent ideas such as the signal fire, and better ways to make more reliable shelters. The fact that Ralph was elected should alone be enough to make his position as Leader apparent. He also devises the only plan for rescue, and makes the well being of the others his top priority, as is demonstrated by the fact that he is the only one to care about the shelters and how reliable they are. All of these qualities mark Ralph as the true leader of the boys.One of the most important, if not the most important reason that Ralph is the rightful leader is that the other boys elected him chief. In the beginning of the book, the boys saw him as quiet, confidant, and radiating a sense of peaceful authority. Jack also radiated authority, but a very different kind. Jack’s authority is based on coercion and manipulation, few if his followers would ever have joined his tribe of their own volition. Even though he nominated himself as a candidate for chief, he is quick to discount the results of the election, because they do not suit him. This is demonstrated by a quote from chapter five: “I’m chief, I was chosen.”“Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don’t make any sense-“ (79). Jack is willing to work with the rules when they suit him, but when they do not, he has no problem breaking them, and fracturing the tribe.Without Ralph, and if it weren’t for the fire in the end, the boys would never have been saved. Jack has no interest in the signal fire;...

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