Essay about Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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There can not be more than one type of authority in any given society. Two or more different kinds of authority will never be able to coexist. This proves to be true in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies. In the novel, there are multiple views on leadership that constantly conflict with each other. In the end, only one can win out. In his The Lord of the Flies, Golding uses Ralph, Simon, Piggy, and Jack to represent different kinds of authority that compete in society. Ralph, the chosen leader by consent of the group, tries to lead in a democratic way by organizing tasks for the boys and keeping order within the group. He is initially chosen leader over the group because he is the best fit for the job (Woodward 89). When the boys first arrive on the island, everyone is spread out. They know nothing of their whereabouts or who else may have survived, but Ralph finds the conch shell and assembles the boys into a group (Spitz 3). This conch shell “reminds the boys of the mega-phone with which their late adult supervisors directed and instructed them” (Slayton 3). This shows a reason why the other boys may have unanimously chosen Ralph as their leader. Moreover, Ralph is older, larger, and is physically attractive (Spitz 3). This also serves as a reason why the boys automatically submit to Ralph as their leader. As leader, Ralph bases his leadership on a democratic type of government (Spitz 3). He leads democratically. “Chosen chief by election, he sought always to…

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