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When children are alone many strange things happen In WilliamGoldings novel Lord of the Flies Ralph emerges as a significant leaderof the group When the childrens plane gets shot down they are leftwith no adults on an uncharted island They are forced to survive ontheir own The children decide to elect a leader to guide the groupThey chose Ralph despite the strong support for Jack another boy on theisland As the plot progresses Jack and his followers begin to becomemore savage and they eventually breakaway from the group The huntersas Jacks group was known ended up killing two of the boys and huntingRalph who evaded death only by a ship coming and rescuing them Ralph isnow back is England and is facing a new situation the town he is livingin has just been invaded by an enemy countrys military Ralph and 15other children were on the school bug going to school A bomb was justdropped near the school bus injuring and killing many on board The busdriver the only adult was killed in the attack Ralph finds himself innearly the same situation as when he was stranded on the island Thechildren on the bus elect Ralph to be their leader and now Ralph mustdecide how to get off of the bus without being captured In thissituation Ralph embodies important leadership qualities such ascompetence and being forward lookingOn the bus as well as in the novel Ralph is forward looking On theisland Ralph tells the boys that they will be rescued We want to berescued and of course we shall be rescuedGolding 37 He goes ontelling them how his father is in the navy and that his father knowswhere they are Ralph shows this same courage on the bus tellingeveryone that the English army would fight back and push the bad guysout of England However the boys begin to doubt him and wonder if theywill just die there Ralph continues to insist that they will be
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