William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies Essay example

1097 Words 5 Pages
When Children Lead
[Attention Getter goes here]. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of English schoolboys crash on a deserted tropical island after fleeing from the war in the home country. With no adults surviving the crash, the children must band together to survive, get rescued, and resist the temptations of savagery. Ralph, Jack, and Piggy all represent different styles of leadership in a society at large. Ralph represents a potentially good leader who needs support to become that, Jack represents a corrupt dictator that needs to be tamed and controlled, and Piggy represents scientist who lack proper respect in society; all three of these characters are used to show how common people do not always choose the best people to lead them.
Ralph was the first boy chosen to be a leader, and therefore can represent a potentially good leader, however, that does not mean that Ralph was necessarily the best choice. On page 22, it is even stated that, “None of the boys could have found good reason for [choosing Ralph]; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack.” The group of boys clearly thought that Ralph was not the best choice, saying Piggy was a better choice because he was smart and also that Jack was the most qualified to lead the group. Ralph is chosen, not really based on ability, but based on the item in his possession, “But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out… yet most…

Related Documents