"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy." (202) If there is not a leader, or the leader doesn't have good leadership skills, evilness and anarchy can occur. In 1954, William Golding wrote a novel called Lord of the Flies, which demonstrated this point.
Without leadership there aren't any rules or with bad leadership, people break the rules. For example, one of the first rules that the group came up with was the conch rule. The conch was a seashell that could be used as a whistle. The conch rule was that if you had the conch, you had the floor and nobody was to interrupt you. "Jack stood up, scowling in the gloom, and held out his hands. I haven't finished yet.'
but you've talked and talked!'
I've got the conch.' Jack sat down grumbling."
Breaking the conch rule was the starting point of anarchy. After that many other rules were broken. For instance, when Jack and his hunters were supposed to keep the fire going, they went hunting instead and let the fire go out.
Without leadership people do what they want. When Jack decided they needed to hunt, he just did it without approval, when they should have been watching the fire. As a result, the fire went out and a ship passed by the island.
"'You let the fire go out'
This repetition made Jack uneasy. He looked at the twins then back at Ralph.
We had to have time to hunt,' he said.
or there wouldn't have been enough for a ring.'" (70)
Some members of the group began to do whatever they wanted. When Ralph decided they needed to build shelters, they helped at first. After long Ralph and Simon were the only people building the huts. This also led to anarchy and the group splitting up into two groups. Having two groups that did not get along, one being blood thirsty savages, caused more of the problems that occurred later in the book.
With bad leadership, or no leadership people... [continues]
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