How Ralph and Jack Change

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How Ralph and Jack Change

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William Golding wrote the story “Lord of the flies”. It is about alarge group of schoolboys whose plane has crashed. They get strandedon a desert island. The story is about their survival and how they runtheir everyday lives. The two main characters Jack and Ralph are bothfrom upper class and they both start off as the leaders. Later on theboys have a vote for leader and Ralph is selected.

The first impression we get about Ralph is that he is active anddoesn’t like authority. When he found out that there were no grown upson the island he “stood on his head and grinned” Piggy is the firstof the other survivors that Ralph meets. Piggy is lower class. Lateron in the book it shows that Piggy is really bullied by the upperclass boys. Ralph at first seems very unaware of the seriousness ofbeing on a deserted island, but later on he shows his maturity bysuggesting a vote for leader. Overall, Ralph is friendly and active.He is not fat or skinny and is easy to get on with.

The first impression of Jack that we get is that he is arrogant anddangerous, because the book brings him in as a shadow. He is verydifferent compared to Ralph. He is skinny and has red hair. He is alsowearing a black cap. He has freckles, a crumpled up face and his eyesare light blue. Jack does not seem pleasant, but like Ralph he seemsto have the role of a leader.

From the start Ralph and Jack get on very well. There are very fewsigns of anger between them. Immediately after Ralph is elected asleader, “Jack and Ralph smiled at each other with shy liking” Thisshows that they can still be friends even though one of them failed atbeing elected leader. As they explore later in the chapter, they canagree with each other without any signs of awkwardness.

The first sign of conflict between Jack and Ralph started on page 37.Jack took the attention off of Ralph, “Come on. Follow me.” It madeeveryone lose concentration and run from the meeting. Ralph wascalling for silence but no one listened to him, and this was the firstthreat against his authority, and it became an irritation. Even thoughthey argue, there is still agreement between Jack and Ralph. On page38, they both help each other by moving a large branch. The realdisagreement is in chapter 3, when they disagree on priorities.


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