Democracy is appealing to the masses because it allows everyone’s voice to be heard in any situation and a solution is often reached that appeases a majority of the people. Based on this logic, most individuals argue that Ralph is the superior leader because he takes into account the other children’s opinions and makes a decision based off of the discussions. However, these individuals overlook the boys’ true situation; they are children and cannot possibly be expected to understand the severity of the situation. Therefore, their youthful nature prohibits their ability to make wise choices in a democratic society. In an environment with a lack of structured government involved in a chaotic situation, the most efficient leadership approach would be an autarch that enforces a tyrannical regime.
This quote displays the importance of discipline to the boys on the island. The boys value discipline a lot. They created rules for everyone to follow, however, if there is anyone who dares refuses to listen, they will be punished. For example, Ralph, the chief, first created the rule where whoever wishes to speak, the will hold the conch shell. “That’s what this shell is called.
In the modern world, he is the equivalent of an adviser to the prime minister. Knowing that he himself is not popular, he still votes for Ralph, because he is on better terms with him than with Jack. The ideas Piggy comes out with are sensible, ‘we oughta have a fire’ He has power in that although he is not the front man, his ideas are still being put forward and acted upon. Jack, however, is to begin with, practically as unpopular as Piggy. Jack is introduced as Ralphs rival for power.
Jack definitely believes that rules are necessary in a community and that men must follow the rules. Merridew has friends. He is supportive and helpful: "At the return Ralph found himself alone on a limb with Jack and they grinned at each other, sharing this burden" (38). Jack knew the importance of friendship and teamwork. He loved helping Ralph and his wish was to make this island like a home for the boys.
Really the conch is valuable because it is a sign of law and order. The conch is used to as the basis to a political system e.g. to speak in an assembly you must have the conch. As well has being the only thing the boys have to organize a society, the conch is also used to symbolize authority. When Ralph first blows the conch and he meets with the other children, he is compared to “the man with the megaphone”.
The conch is used throughout the book to represent order and authority. The boys on the island know to listen to whoever is holding the conch and respect it. Ralph is fair when it comes to making decisions; he does not choose himself and uses a voting system like democratic leaders. Jacks way of leading in lord of the flies is very different to Ralphs. Jack is more of a dictator, a violent, forcing leader, giving no one else freedom of speech.
Throughout the majority of the novel it is obvious to see that Ralph is not the rightful leader, and that Jack should be the leader as he has a strong sense of control over the island but does not have the same agenda when it comes to being rescued as he does not see the importance in the fire, whereas Ralph does, “You let the fire out.” This shows Ralph to understand that to escape from the island the boys need to create a signal fire for other ships. Jack is the apparent rightful leader, but the one that shows the intelligence and is the main reason to why Ralph became chief is Piggy, as from the start he understands the severity of the situation “We may stay here till we die.” Piggy’s intelligence is shown through the
For Okonkwo, however, any kind of softness and tenderness was a sign of weakness. Throughout the novel we are shown men with a more mature understanding of masculinity, but Okonkwo's ignorance often disallows him to think thoroughly of his actions. At other times; however, Okonkwo's strength was all he had and was the primary factor that controlled his behavior. He could not accept the fact that in a colonized society he would be an average person, rather than a distinguished and powerful male. Okonkwo was one of the strongest and most respected men in his society.
Jack, the antagonist, is a likable character because he has the ability to sing and lead his people, but some of the dislikable part about him is that he will use whatever trick necessary in order to get what he wants. Hitler and Jack are similar; they are both bold, productive and mean that make them true and epic fighters. Without a myriad amount of boldness, people would not be making big contribution to the world. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, all the characters decide to stick together and do everything together. After a while, Jack feels that Ralph is not a good leader and he should take over the leadership of the people on the island.
When Piggy dies, Ralph feels like a part of him is missing when he makes decisions and creates thoughts. “We can use this (the conch shell) to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us-“He beamed at Ralph (Page 16) After the group of boys create a small government and elect Ralph as chief, Piggy became an impact on Jack’s character. Jack does not like Piggy because he supports and stands by Ralph.