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Ignorance And Bad Leadership In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Society is based off of hierarchy which is the basis for the change people have in society. Sometimes it’s good and other times…. Well it’s not so good. In most respects, leadership defines the outcome of a certain society. A good leader with good intentions, leading society in good directions is bound to be beneficial and maintain an ethos that will carry with them for the rest of their lives. But then there are others that are too ignorant and become less and less what they had hoped to be. Lord of the flies by William Golding is a great example of this. Golding argues that where there is a gain in power with bad leadership, that there is a loss of identity. In Lord of the Flies, A few ...view middle of the document...

This time he has killed the pig but it was not planned. After nearly burning down a forest with his signal fire, he goes hunting once more but this time he plans on killing the mother pig of the little piglets he had killed previously. He goes out and slaughters the pig with intention with no such presents of innocence. So not only has he now lost his innocence, he has planned to kill the mother pig and does it in a big way… described as a rape scene in the book. Jack later tries to take his spot as leader as he is the one that brings food for the boys. He loses against ralph and establishes his own tribe on the other side of the island. Most of the biguns that were with Ralph go over to jacks tribe. When ralph and the rest of the biguns still left under his leadership go to jacks tribe to visit. There is a drastic change. We see painted faces, chanting and no sense of order. They start to chant: “Kill the beast! Cut its throat! Spill its blood!” (Golding 99) They feast and then go back into chanting. After an escalation in the area, people just start running wild and killing each other. Simon is one of the few that they killed. It escalates to a point in which they start to say: “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” (Golding 99) And kill Simon. The boys wanted to say that it was an accident and that it did not really happen. But then... Jack has ordered his tribe to go seek out ralph so that he can kill him. So not only has jack lost his innocence from being a choir boy to a savage, he plans on killing a human being without any particularly good reason and has lost his morals to create order since most of the tribe members were fighting against each other…. all this just because of jack. Golding tells us that without boundaries set, especially for leadership, we can become a different person entirely. This is important because it simulates the general outcome of bad leadership. We see this in society today but we still don’t do anything about this. Golding is giving us a reality check and a morals check, So that we do not become the bad people in the world.

Next there is Roger. Roger is a sadistic maniac. Like one person said, he is that one kid that would tortures ants if he had the chance. He is considered the bully in society. His nonexistent innocence and bloodlust is even worse than Jacks strive for power. He starts off in the beginning of the book on a bad note. He throws rocks at the littluns. He does not directly hit them because he still knows that he should not hit the kids. His transition is not that apparent since we don’t see a full-fledged transition from his morals and innocence to his complete loss of both. But when he joins jacks tribe. He has no mercy what so ever. Near the end of the book, he goes around and starts hitting some of the boys with rocks, but it escalates even further. At one point, he loses all of his morals and goes ahead and smashes a boulder on piggy which not only ends up destroying the conch...

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