Lord Of The Flies- Ralph The Leader And Jack The Tryant

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The Lord of the Flies portrays two boys who differentiate in many ways. Throughout the book, these differences become the barrier between their friendships. Trapped on a lost island, the boys are tested in their leadership and more importantly, morality. Ralph and Jack’s decisions and personality both shape the leader they become and are put to test as they must sustain an orderly group of rowdy boys on an abandoned island. Ralph, a boy at the age of twelve or thirteen, becomes the leader of the group early in the book. His ability to lead is evident, and his insight is surprisingly advanced for a twelve year old. For example, his ability to see the intelligence in Piggy early on in the book soon gives him the advantage of Piggy’s trust later on. His finding the conch and summoning the boys automatically makes him leader. Realizing this, he understands that he must do what’s right in order to get them off the island. Although Ralph has insight and a realistic outlook, he still struggles with the peer pressure of the boys. During the first meeting, Jack seemed to out-shine him amongst the boys. While the others find relief of their predicament and tease Piggy of his name, Ralph struggles in the background; biting his tongue. Throughout the book, Ralph’s need for order amongst the boys increases. He starts to notice that all the “littleuns” do is play and swim and Jack and his hunters look for pigs to kill. He soon gets frustrated with them; he has been trying to build huts and establish a camp for refuge if needed. So he summons many meetings to establish order, but Jack overrules him with hunting. As these conflicts unfold upon Ralph, his struggle to keep order and be popular amongst the boys gets worse. When on the island, Ralph’s need for control portrays an inner characteristic that causes him to think logically and realistically. Most

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