Lord Of The Flies Essay

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How is the idea of leadership presented in the novel Lord of the Flies? Mankind’s existence relies on two unyielding needs: the physical and the mental. Physical needs include food, water and shelter, which without, our physical selves could not survive. The other need, mental, includes the need for law, order and a sense of security, which are all important for humans to be able to coexist with each other. In the novel Lord of the Flies, with the need for law, order and a sense of security, comes the need of a leader. William Golding uses the boys to represent different forms of leadership. Throughout the novel there is a constant power struggle between them, each boy bringing their own skills and qualities to the position. When the boys emerge from the forest, disoriented and afraid from the plane crash, they instantly seek an authority figure to enforce order. To fulfil their needs, they try to find a group where someone can lead them and make them feel safe. When Ralph blows the conch, unbeknownst to him, it becomes a signal for them to obey. Ralph is a natural, civilized, leader, who has a strong, fixed moral compass, which in the end becomes his downfall and almost leads him to his death. Ralph represents democracy. He believed that the best way to stay live was for everyone to have their say and he showed this through the symbol of the conch, ‘I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking. This is why he and Piggy are friends. Piggy is overweight, wears glasses and has asthma, and because of this, is an outcast. But he is the smartest boy on the whole island and Ralph doesn’t take that for granted "Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains. Ralph was a specialist in thought now, and could recognize thought in another." Ralph knows that he won’t be able to lead on his own, which is why he employs the help of Piggy

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