Is Ralph Or Jack A Better Leader In The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding?

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Leaders. What are they classified by? Is it their good looks, their IQ, or their fitness? Partially, but good leaders are classified by their morals, their qualities, and their actions. Characteristics of a good leader are honesty, commitment, intuition, confidence, the ability to delegate, good communication, and fearlessness, just to name a few. The boys on the island needed a leader that could help them survive, stay healthy, and ultimately take them back to safety and civilization. In the story, Ralph is a better leader than Jack is, as he possess more qualities of a good leader, and is better fit to lead the boys on the island to society. These qualities include responsibility, leading by example, unpretentious sincerity, interactive and dynamic communication, and determination to find a way off the island. Jack, on the other hand, retains qualities like unaccountability, leadership by force, dishonesty, brute and degrading communication, and intention of staying on the island.
To begin with, Ralph is one of the most, if not the most, responsible and hardworking person on the island. He relentlessly works on the task at hand until it is completed, regardless of the weather, the immensity of the task, or the amount of assistance he is receiving. An example of his perseverance and commitment is demonstrated in chapter 3, when Ralph and Jack are arguing over the work being done on the island. Ralph started by saying, “You remember the meeting? How everyone was going to work hard until the shelters were finished?” Jack responded, “Except me and my hunters”, followed by Ralph’s rebut, “All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else.” (51) Ralph has been rigorously working on building the shelters with Simon, which will be useful to the boys on rainy days, while Jack has been wandering around the island for days, off on his own quest, with no foreseen results, and of no use to the boys. One can tell that Ralph is a dedicated, hardworking person, while Jack is a procrastinator, who would rather have a purposeless argument, rather than excepting his own mistakes. Jack is also shown to be unreliable, as he does not help Ralph in his time of need. Another example of Jack avoiding the work at hand, and pursuing his own, insignificant goals, is shown in chapter four, following his first successful pig hunt. “There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out. (74)” Due to Jack’s carelessness, the boys had lost their first, and perhaps their only, chance of getting back to civilization, potentially being stuck on this island for the rest of their lives. Jack’s irresponsibility is also demonstrated when he leads a majority of the boys to do the wrong thing in chapter 2. “A fire! Make a fire! […] Jack clamoured along them […] Come on! Follow me! […] (37)” Later in the chapter, Piggy tells Jack and everyone involved with the bonfire, “Now you been and set the whole island on fire. Won’t it look funny if the whole island...

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