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Leading the Way Leaders are the key to a successful uprising of the oppressed or persecuted They have led the way in many revolts both in our history and in the present In most instances there are major leaders who guide the larger masses and smaller leaders who lead the small groups The leaders often strive more when they are faced with adversity These leaders become evident in the novels The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Lord of the Flies by William Golding The theme of leading the group to conquer inner beliefs parallels Ma Joad and Ralph The hunger for sticking together by both of the characters reflects the theme of union to overcome hardship Ma Joad perseveres until the family becomes a unit Steinbeck 189 She strives to keep the family intact and caring for each other The motif of leadership is apparent in many cases as she is devastated at the mere fact of thinking of leaving the family Ma in addition knows that the family has to get across Steinbeck 312 She will struggle at any cost to achieve what is best for the family to get to California Ma wants love and attachment among the family however she will put their well being before it in some cases As in cases with Ma Ralph knows that the group needs an assembly Golding 78 He wants the group of boys to stay together and he knows that order is the only way to accomplish union The motif of meetings by both of the characters is evident to help each crew remain as one Finally Ralph also knows that the boys must look after their selves Golding 33 He sees that the boys need to remain independent yet require a sense of unity Ralphs views carry over to Ma Joad as she feels that each family member must be self-governing Both characters push the theme of oneness to
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