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POWER AND LEADERSHIP ON THE ISLAND Mankind has an underlying desire to exist in a controlled environment Man has an underlying desire to control his environment In the Novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding the main characters are a group of young boys torn between two leaders On a democratic and caring boy the other is a self-absorbed power-hungry dictator As the story unravels the choices become harder and eventually lead to a better understanding of the human condition Since freedom is the ability to make the wrong choices and either live with the outcome or do what is necessary to correct it A leaders political standpoint can often tell a great deal about their personality and how they will interact with those under them Ralph is a prim example of the democratic leader trying to pull his people together using reality as their situation Ralph feels that if a decision which will affect the entire group should be made by the entire group When the boys first arrive on the island they are in a state of chaos and disorder unaware of the circumstances of their situation nor prepared for the responsibility now engulfing their freedom In a selfless and somewhat instinctual act Ralph uses the power now available and calls the group together When Ralph is questioned as to whom was in charge and whether there were any grown ups he simply answered No were having a meeting Come and join in Golding 20 A simple statement which shows that instead of lying or taking advantage of the situation Ralph chose to bring everyone together and pool their information to obtain a more complete picture of what had happened and what must happen With as much contrast as day and night so are Ralph and Jack Jack is a compulsive self-absorbed dictator who plans for the now and ignores the to come With little to no regard to
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