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Essay submitted by David Zeman There are always people who in a group come out with better qualities as a leader than others The strongest people however become the greater influences which the others decide to follow However sometimes the strongest person is not the best choice Authors often show how humans select this stronger person in order to give an understanding of the different powers that some people can posses over others In William Goldings novel Lord of the Flies Ralph though not the stronger person demonstrates a better understanding of people which gives Ralph better leadership Ralph displays useful human qualities as a leader by working towards the betterment of the boys society He knows that in order to stay civilized the boys need stability and order He creates rules and a simple form of government to achieve this order 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 Ralphs 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 Ralphs leadership provides peace and order to the island while Jacks leadership creates chaos Under Jacks rule the boys become uncivilized savages They have no discipline Ralph however keeps the boys under order through the meetings which he himself calls At these meetings a sense of order is instilled because the boys have to wait until they hold the conch to speak When Ralph says Ill give the conch to the next person to speak He can hold it when hes speaking Golding 36 by making such rules as these and by giving the boys the stability of an authority figure mainly himself
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