Lotf Essay

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Sarapnickas 1 Haley Sarapnickas Mrs. Nethery ENG 2D1 27 April 2012 Who Will Come out on top? Lord of the Flies has many meanings to it which are defined through the characters involved in the story and their actions. Even after the plane crash the characters go through drastic events that change their lives. They run into problems while stranded on the island. The characters that are the most prominent would be Ralph and Jack. Overall, the things that separate these characters are leadership styles, their decision making abilities, and their transformation to savagery. Ralph immediately demonstrates leadership qualities and a focus on getting rescued, but doesn’t not show signs of savagery. Once Ralph is voted chief of the island he instantly takes control of the group and listens to all the concerns. "They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it..." (Golding 59) This suggests that Ralph is well liked among the boys. This show that Ralph is a well liked leader because they know that Ralph is the one with the conch, and they obey the sound. If Ralph were a bad leader he wouldn't be well liked by the boys. Often leaders, who allow others to share their ideas and give their input, are the ones people gravitate towards. Ralph also demonstrates that he thinks about the whole island when making decisions Sarapnickas 2 and the long term effects. “‘We’re on an island’ … ‘So you see,’ said Ralph, ‘we need hunters to get us meat.' ... 'There's another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island. We can help them to find us. So we must make some smoke on top of the mountain. We must make fire." (31-38) This illustrates that Ralph is thinking about all possibilities. Instead of just telling the boys to go have fun or deciding to all venture off by themselves, he tells all of them to stay in one spot

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