English II – 4th
December 12, 2008
Lakhdar Brahimi once said, “Be modest be respectful of others, try to understand.” In lord of the flies by William Golding, Ralph is a good leader because he tries to keep order on the island and he is respected by most of the boys. As a leader, Ralph made sure he always keeps order.
As the leader in the beginning of the book, he was determined, rational, and understanding. As the leader he took on the role as giving each person jobs Jack was in charge of the choir they were the hunters, Piggy’s job was to take names and the rest of the boys where too watch the fire and to keep the fire going (Golding, pg23). Ralph showed he was stable mentally and physically to being a leader. Jack disagreed with this because he thought he was a better leader than Ralph. He showed how he could protect the little uns, Piggy, Sam, and Eric from Jack. Jack was the devil like figure because of him picking and teasing the younger boys. Ralph never thought he would be stuck on a island for too long. He always was optimistic on the island that he would be going home and everything would be ok. Ralph shows how much of a great leader to the group by him talking to Piggy when he saw he seemed sad.
“About being called Piggy, I said I didn’t care as long as they didn’t call me Piggy: an’ I said not to tell and then you went an’ said straight out” (Golding, pg.25).
“Better Piggy than Fatty,” he said at last with the directness of genuine leadership, “and any way I’m sorry” (Golding pg.25).
Apologizing to Piggy shows that Ralph is a great leader because when he makes a mistake he owns up to it. Owning up to his mistakes showed how much progress, he has made to becoming a great leader in the book.
The group respected Ralph because he protected and cared for them. You can say Ralph was the top dog because the little uns looked up to him. His...