A Commentary on Human Nature and Self Government
Defend and/or criticize Ralph’s actions as a leader. What were his motivations? Did he contribute to the tragedy in any way? Could he have acted to prevent any of the deaths? What should he have done differently? Do governments act in this way?
Within the film, Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys are forced to cooperate with one another if they are to have any chance of survival on an unknown island, on which their plane has crash landed. It is essential that the boys appoint a reliable and responsible group leader to aid with assigning tasks essential for survival. As the movie progresses, the youngsters face numerous challenges which jeopardize their chance of survival. After being selected, many of the boys refuse to obey Ralph’s orders. Jack, another older boy, decided to make a “tribe” of his own. Jack’s tribe acts in a barbaric manner and in turn, leads to a series of unfortunate events including Simon and Piggy’s death.
Ralph’s intentions as a leader were to keep all the boys together on the island which would maximize their chances for survival. He was aware that they would eventually be rescued, but needed to aid in the group’s survival until then. Ralph’s was motivated to keep all the boys together, find food and water, and build a shelter for them all so that they could ensure survival. Ralph’s behaviour was quite different than Jack’s, which prevented him from causing any further tragedies. Ralph’s maturity was beyond that of the other boys, proven by the time that he tried talking sense into Jack, after he had created his own tribe. Simon’s death sent a shockwave through the island and left many boys thinking that there was a monster on the island, whereas it was actually just the pilot, hiding in a cave. When Simon approached the camp, to tell the boys that the pilot was dead in the cave, he was mistaken for the monster and killed. Ralph made... [continues]
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