How Does Ralph Fail In Lord Of The Flies

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Failure is inevitable. While one may try to delay it as long as possible, one will inevitably fail. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies the main character, Ralph, attempts to lead the boys. However, the antagonist, Jack, is far too cruel and power-hungry for Ralph to ever succeed in his mission to get the boys rescued and keep them civil. This is why although Ralph was eventually overthrown, he was an effective leader and did the best he could with the resources he had.
The fate of Ralph is not one that hinges on him being the leader. If another had attempted to take the lead, they would have encountered the same problems. Several times throughout the book Piggy attempts to lead and is harshly put down by Jack and his followers. For instance,
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He constantly reminds the boys about the need to be rescued. In the quote “There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire” (Golding 51) we see Ralph’s practicality at work. He is constantly vigilant in taking advantage of opportunities to make the island a better place to live. Though Ralph is not always perfect, he strives to do what is right, regardless.
In the book Lord of the Flies, Piggy is the voice of reason. He is a symbol of intelligence and civilization. Therefore, when Ralph takes counsel from Piggy that he then makes decisions based off of, he is listening to intelligence. For instance, when Piggy says “Ralph—remember what we came for. The fire. My specs” (Golding 255), he is reminding Ralph of what’s important. This shows that Ralph is not rash, and has good judgement Therefore, it can be concluded that Ralph was a good ruler, regardless of the fact that he was usurped, because he did his very best under the circumstances placed upon him. It was shown how Jack’s cruelty outweighed Ralph’s attempts at civility. Also, the way Ralph made the decisions he did was based purely on logic. Ralph wa also a kind, caring perso . From this we can conclude that Ralph was an effective

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