Essay on Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, there is a constant battle for chief between two characters, Ralph and Jack. Ralph is realistic and has the boys’ best interests at heart, while Jack only cares about himself. Ralph is a better chief than Jack. Throughout the novel, Ralph demonstrates excellent leadership skills such as being realistic. He is realistic with his need to build the huts while the other boys are off swimming because he knows that the boys require shelter. Ralph frequently tells the boys that they need to build shelters incase a storm comes or if the beastie attacks them. Ralph tells Jack, “‘If it rains like when we dropped in we’ll need shelters all right. And then another thing. We need shelters because of the-’” (Golding 52) This quote shows that although Ralph could be off bathing, eating, or playing like the rest of the boys, he remains realistic with his need to build the shelters. Ralph knows that if he gets distracted like the rest of the boys, there is no hope for any of them to survive on the island. Ralph is more mature than the rest of the boys, therefore he understands the need for shelters and the need to keep himself from becoming distracted. If Ralph gives up then the boys will have no order and no hope of surviving. The quote cuts off because Ralph does not want to mention the beastie because it will frighten the little ones. Ralph being considerate of the little ones’ fears also makes him a good chief. Ralph is also realistic with his…

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