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Differences Between Ralph and Jack's Personality

  • Date Submitted: 09/26/2011 05:55 PM
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How does Golding suggest that the boys stay on the island would be a tumultuous one?
Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of English schoolboys marooned on a tropical island after their plane is shot down during a war. In this novel Golding suggest that the boys stay on the island would be a tumultuous one by the conflicts between the leaders, the difference in priorities, there playfulness and how they don’t recognize the danger they are in.
In Lord of the Flies the major conflict is Ralph vs. Jack. This conflict helps out the story by adding drama; also the story is a little bit about Jack and Ralph, and who will survive between the two. The boys have no idea what this tension could lead to. How this conflict started was by when the boys assembled on the beach. In the election for leader, Ralph defeats Jack, who is furious when he loses. As the boys explore the island, tension grows between Jack, who is interested only in hunting, and Ralph, who believes most of the boys’ efforts, should go toward building shelters and maintaining a signal fire. When rumors surface that there is some sort of beast living on the island, the boys grow fearful.
Secondly, without any adults on the island, the boys must learn to govern themselves; however, problems ensue.  Piggy tries to find out each of the boys' names but cannot.  The youngest, the least influenced by society, are the first to run away, the first to show the breakdown of societal control. This problem continues in Ralph's speech - no one seems to understand the importance of being rescued.  Just as he suggested the vote earlier, Ralph continues to act as the democratic leader who tries to organize their civilization with a series of roles and rules and gives everyone a chance to speak.  In this way, Ralph begins to show some of his shortcomings.  He does not know how to think, at least not like Piggy, and more importantly, he does not understand the effects of fear.  Ralph keeps thinking that fear of "the...

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