Ralph Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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The two most prominent leaders in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies are Ralph and Jack. Ralph is civilized, determined, and is always taking initiative. Ralph is better suited to lead the group due to the aforementioned reasons. Unlike the rest of the boys, Ralph remains fairly civilized during their time on the island. Ralph believes in stability and order. He believes that rules are the best way to maintain order, and uses the conch shell as a symbol of authority. “‘And another thing. We can’t have everybody talking at once. We’ll have to have ‘hands up’ like at school...I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking.’” (Golding 31) This proves that Ralph is enforcing the method of democracy used back home during their…show more content…
He is holding on to the thought of back home and tries to recreate the same environment on the island. Ralph does this by using the conch as a method of letting every boy say what they think during the meetings. The conch is a symbol of power and it eliminates any minorities and gives a chance for all of the boys to voice their opinion on a specific matter. This quote is very important because it magnifies that Ralph wants every boy to be able to say what they think without being talked over or ignored. He is maintaining the order by only allowing one person to speak at a time, giving a chance to all of the boys to be able to share their ideas with the group. In contrast to Ralph, Jack conforms to the realities of the island and becomes a savage. He wants rules, but bends them to please his will and ignores the conch. Although Jack supports the conch in the beginning of the book, he soon drifts away from the idea of democracy, and tries to instill the idea of a monarchy on the island. Unlike Ralph, he does not want all of the other boys to have an opinion, and wants to be able to control his followers
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