Control In Lord Of The Flies Throughout William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies there is an ever-present conflict between two characters. Ralph's character combines common sense with a strong desire for civilized life. Jack, however, is an antagonist with savage instincts, which he cannot control. Ralph's goals to achieve a team unit with organization are destroyed by Jack's actions and words that are openly displayed to the boys. The two leaders try to convince the boys that their way of survival is correct. They continue this desire for control while turning down each other's decisions and ideas. The back and forth conflicts of opinion are what makes life chaos on the island. These conflicts are illustrated in two fashions; the dialog between the boys, and the authors narration. Assuming that the boys are philistines, their language is therefore not very articulate. They are trying to appear important and popular with the group. The boys have a feeling of wanting to belong, which is the basis of all philistines' actions. The author's narration makes up for this. The narrator has a more realistic view of what is happening on the island, and says to the reader what the boy's language fails to do. The boys are drawn away from a civilized way of living. Comments made by Ralph and Jack show the boys that Jack is resorting to savagery. Ralph and Jack both agree in the beginning while they are reasoning in a civil manner. Throughout the novel the two leaders stray from one another because of differences in motivation. Jack told the boys "We've got to decide about being rescued" (Golding 20). This statement illustrates Jack's civilized concern for the whole group. Jack seems to put the group before him. This unselfish concern soon dissolves as the internal beast prevails over the civil Jack. "I ought to be chief because I'm chapter chorister and I can sing C sharp" (Golding, 21), displays Jacks own arrogance. However, the narrator has more insight into this power struggle, "This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch" (Golding 21). The narrator sees this act of voting through the boy's eyes. The narrator implies the boy's failure to understand the importance of a leader. After the boys accept Ralph as chief, Ralph gives power over the choir boys to Jack.
Ralph is one of the few boys who realize that the only way to survive is through peace and order. Because he summons the boys at the beginning of the novel with the conch he and Piggy find, they look upon him as the most responsible of the boys and elect him as a chief over the humiliated Jack. Ralph creates a stable and peaceful society for the children to live; this significantly bothers Jack because he wants to have fun and do things that he never did back in the civilized society. Jack is eventually successful of pulling nearly all of the children out of Ralph’s control to form savages. Ralph represents the civilization, and Jack represents the primitive society.
This quote shows the differences in interest between the two groups of the boys. One group, controlled by Jack, is in favor of being in control of the island and wants to play king. The other group, controlled by Ralph, wants to continue being a civilized group of people by focusing on being rescued and survival being prioritized over hunting. Jack sees the mountain as a form of leadership and power but Ralph wants to use it as a source of rescue. This exemplifies how the group is in disagreement, one group wants power and a new lifestyle as a tribe of hunting, while the other wants to be rescued and return to their homes.
Jack has lots of experience in being in control since he’s the head boy of the choir. "I ought to be chief," said Jack with simple arrogance, "because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp." (1.228-30)
One of the main characters, Ralph, was very likeable to everyone and was almost immediately elected as the leader of the tribe, with the only competition being the leader of the choir boys, Jack. Even though Ralph just wants to get home, he remains to look strong and tough to the other boys, to try and keep things as civilized as possible. So, Ralph decides that; "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best a...
The Lord of the Flies, in its’ most basic form, is the struggle between two sides of humanity. We have Ralph, who is the epitome of civilization, democracy, and rationality. And yet there is a flip-side to the coin of society. Jack Merridew is everything that Ralph is not. He is savagery, he is dictatorship, and he is irrationality. Jack spotlights Ralph’s strengths, through his own errors and weaknesses. And yet he also shows Ralph’s naiveté at times. Ralph and Jack complement each other throughout the novel, and indeed they thoroughly illuminate the meaning of the work. They are civilization versus savagery. They are democracy versus dictatorship. They are rationality versus irrationality. And it is just a matter of time before one of them overwhelms the other.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, character conflicts convey the message that political differences often lead to the downfall of both parties. When opposing viewpoints are placed together, it is nearly impossible to find agreement between them. Examples of conflict between democracy and dictatorship include World War II, the setting of this novel. Ralph and Jack in the novel Lord of the Flies both have competing political ideologies causing a perpetual feud between the two characters throughout the novel. They compete for authority through Ralph being a symbol of democracy and Jack being a representation of totalitarianism.
In Lord of The Flies, the continuous conflict is between the human desire towards savagery and the rules of civilization that were created to bring order. This is presented by the differences between Jack and Ralph, who represent civilization and savagery. Their contrasting beliefs are expressed by each boy's
As time moves on, the group ignoring the rules and begin to lack authority. For the first few days on the island, Ralph is the agreed upon chief, and proposes rules that all the boys agree upon. When Ralph is getting the survival plan ready, “[the boys give] him the simple obedience they give men with megaphones” (Golding 14). By showing Ralph this obedience, it demonstrates the trust the boys have for Ralph because it acts as a sign of respect. They are able to connect with each other due to the common goal shared among them, to survive. Ralph voices this connection, stating that they must work together while others agreed, stating that “[they] want to go home” (Golding 18). This represents a civilized society where co-workers divvy the roles to accomplish a task in the most efficient way possible, where in the boy’s case that task is to survive and get home. Ralph demonstrates this leadership, showing that he is suited for the role as chief and will do his best to ensure the boys survival by being able to voice his opinions. Ralph voicing his opinions as leader is significant because during the boys’ life on the island, communication is very simple and lacks depth. Ralph continues to prove a suitable leader, by instructing the boys in an organized fashion. But nevertheless, as time moves on fear is struck into the hearts of the boys; causing them to walk through the night blind. An argument later take place, where the conch “explodes into a thousand white fragments and [ceases] to exist” (Golding 200). This act represents the end of Ralphs authority, and civilization on the island. The end of authority marks the boy’s descent into chaos. Fear is the main driving force behind this loss of authority. The fear causes a loss of authority by sparking the inner savage that all people have. This is significant because it shows how heavily fear impacted the group, and the possible outcomes that the fear
When the children become stranded on the island, the rules of society no longer apply to them. Without the supervision of their parents or of the law, the primitive nature of the boys surfaces, and their lives begin to fall apart. The downfall starts with their refusal to gather things for survival. The initial reaction of the boys is to swim, run, jump, and play. They do not wish to build shelters, gather food, or keep a signal fire going. Consequently, the boys live without luxury that could have been obtained had they maintained a society on the island. Instead, these young boys take advantage of their freedom and life as they knew it deteriorates.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel about human nature and the functions of society. One of the main characters in this novel is Ralph, who is chosen to be the leader of a group of boys. He assigns tasks to the boys and tries to keep them accountable for it. However, the boys begin to slack because they can no longer see the point of these tasks and rules. As a result of the constant slacking the boys soon turned into savages. Ralph’s struggle to maintain order amongst the boys shows how without rules it is human nature to descend into savagery due to the avoidance of authority.
In William Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies Ralph though not the stronger person, demonstrates a better understanding of people than Jack which gives him better leadership qualities. Ralph displays these useful human qualities as a leader by working towards the betterment of the boys' society. He knows the boys need stability and order if they are to survive on the island. He creates rules and a simple form of government to achieve this order. Jack does not treat the boys with dignity as Ralph does. Ralph understands that the boys, particularly Piggy, have to be given respect and must be treated as equals. This makes Ralph a better leader as he is able to acknowledge that he was not superior to any of the other boys. Ralph's wisdom and ability to look to the future also make him a superior leader. Ralph has the sense to keep his focus on getting off the island. He insists on keeping the fire burning as a distress signal. Ralph's leadership provides peace and order to the island while Jack's leadership makes chaos.
Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, many different conflicting societies develop. These groups of young English schoolboys have conflicts between them for many different reasons. Some of them are so spread apart in age that their beliefs and actions are very different. Other groups are conflicting because they have different opinions about who the leader of the entire group should be. The groups also argue about what their priorities should be while trapped on the island. These conflicts continue to grow until the very end, when one group finally gains supremacy.
Ralph and Jack are both powerful and meaningful characters in William Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies. Ralph is an excellent leader; responsible, and stands for all that is good. Jack is a destructive hunter, selfish, and represents evil. These two main characters can be compared by the actions they take as leaders, their personalities, and what they symbolize in the story.
Lord of the Flies is a novel about power. This is because of the conflict between Ralph and Jack for leadership of the boys. Ralph symbolizes civilization and democracy. Jack symbolizes savagery and dictatorship. For instance, in the begin...