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  • Writer's pictureEmily Guo

LOF Part 1

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

Ralph and Jack have completely different personalities and leadership styles. One of them is a democratic leader, and the other is a totalitarian leader. Ralph as a democratic leader always considers the majorities, which earned him the respect from his group. The majority believe him and accept whatever he says without questioning (Golding 36). He has a big vision and shares his plans to help everyone survive on the island during the first election meeting. His practical and mature personality gained his trust from some boys who never knew Ralph before. In the movie, Jack is dissatisfied with accepting the order to transmit the signal. However, when Ralph let Jack and the choir be responsible for the signal fire and hunting wild pigs, Jack feel comforted because he sees the the importance of hunting and how that can bring him power. This also shows that Ralph is able to read people's mind and how he can make people happy immediately. By contrast, Jack as a totalitarian decides everything by himself without asking others, and even forced others to follow his rules. In the book, at the first election, he tries to become a leader by claiming, '“I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp." From this, we can tell that he is not as logical or strategic as Ralph in gaining people's trust. His leadership is not founded on trust, but simply his plain sayings. This characteristic leads some of his teammates to be disloyal or disobey his orders later. After he steals Piggy's glasses, he threatens people to leave Ralph and join him. This again shows that Jack's leadership is based on people's unwillingness and his violence. Even more, some people on Jack's side decide to help Ralph in the end. They tell Ralph that Jack is hunting for him and help Ralph elude from Jack. In summary, the film shows the two different leaders through more vivid scenes, which can connect the audience better.

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