Jack And Ralph: Political Rivals Essay

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When someone says the word “politics”, one immediately thinks about the U.S. political system. In the U.S. today, we have many political parties, but mainly, we have two big ones: the Democrats and the Republicans. In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, it can also be said that there are two political “parties”: the followers of Jack and the followers of Ralph. Jack and Ralph can be seen as representatives of opposing political forces because of their frequent arguments on who is the better leader, the bitter rivalry between them, and the ultimate division of the tribe.Jack and Ralph have different ideas of how the tribe should function. This ultimately leads to arguments between them. “‘But I shall! Next time! I’ve got to get a barb on this spear! We wounded a pig and the spear fell out. If we could only make barbs–’ ‘We need Shelters.’ Suddenly Jack shouted in rage. ‘Are you accusing– ?’ ‘All I’m saying is we’ve worked dashed hard. That’s all”’ (Lord of the Flies, William Golding, page 52). In this quote, Jack is stating how he and his hunters almost caught a pig for them to eat. Unfortunately for him, Ralph reprimands him by saying that shelters are more important than meat. This makes Jack angry and he continues obsessing over the meat. “‘There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out!’ He took a step toward Jack, who turned and faced him. ‘They might have seen us. We might have gone home–”’ (page 70). This quote occurs right after Jack and his hunters abandon the fire to go hunting. Although they do catch a pig, they let the fire go out; to make matters worse, Ralph and the others actually see a ship. Therefore, Ralph blames Jack for letting the fire go out. After all their arguments, a fierce rivalry develops between Jack and Ralph.Jack and Ralph are both natural leaders, but there can only be one chief. This makes Jack resentful because he thinks that he would be a better chief. “‘He gave orders, sang, whistled, threw remarks at...

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