Comparative essay: Leadership in Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm
Essay question: You are required to write a comparative essay. You should compare one aspect of the texts such as theme, conflict, character or relationship. The texts are ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Animal Farm’.
The two books, Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm circle around the themes of power, leadership, law, disorder, good and evil. On a personal level, these themes come up in the way people relate to each other: How they interact, who becomes a follower, a manipulator, who takes responsibility, who becomes a victim and who a perpetrator. In the two books both Jack and Napoleon stick out as having so called leadership qualities.
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When comparing the development of the leadership of Jack and Napoleon, at first glance it seems that there are more similarities than differences. Both, Jack and Napoleon have to fight for their place as a leader in the group. They do so by manipulating the weaker members and setting themselves apart from the others. “Napoleon stays behind to drink milk while the other go out to the fields to begin the hay harvest.” (pg. 23) Napoleon does not obey the seven commandments, he follows his own rules. In the same way, Jack goes hunting on his own and does not believe in keeping the fire or getting rescued. “There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill: and there was the world of longing and baffled commonsense.” (pg. 71) In a similar manner Jack and Napoleon use instigation and threat to build up their power. There is a basic difference: Even though Jack’s behavior is not completely honest and fair he is liked by his tribe whereas Napoleon is recognized as a dictator, who uses his leadership to exploit the animals. In the end even the farm animals long for the humans. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (pg. 95) In Lord of the Flies, the savage tribe is willing to return to civilization because they see the positive but in Animal Farm confusion