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In the novel The Lord of the Flies by William Golding the story can be viewed as a contrast between democracy and anarchy Ralph is elected by the stranded boys to be their chief Governed by rationality he tries to be a democratic leader watching out for the good of all building and maintaining the fire listening to the concerns of all even the fears of the littluns and protecting them all building shelters To remind the others of his leadership he wisely uses the conch as a symbol of his authority Jack another boy on the island does not like the democracy and its rules He tries to convince the other boys to vote Ralph out of office and put him in the leadership role When the boys refuse to elect Jack he responds in anarchy He deserts the democratic way of life takes a part of the island for himself and gains followers through strong arm tactics He and his savage hunters raid the democratic headquarters and steal the last trace of their civilization the fire and the glasses and break the conch their authority Then Jack begins to rule selfishly for his own good and pure pleasure Like a dictator he makes his own laws regardless of the consequences administers out punishment as he sees fit encourages savagery amongst his followers and demands loyalty to the point of slavery Although democracy does not survive on the island neither can anarchy Ralph Piggy Jack Simon and the littluns all represent different kinds of people in a societyThe first character introduced in The Lord of the Flies is a young British boy named Ralph Ralph is a twelve-year old boy who tries to build a strong society of young men He believes that everyone deserves a right to express their feelings and be heard by the tribe of boys As the story progresses Ralph is chosen as the leader because he is a good
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