Lord of the flies
What happened between Jack and Ralph?
What is friendship? How does one truly begin a friendship and how does a friendship end? In William Golding’s book “Lord of the flies” he describes this. He shows how jealousy and power affects a relationship. Jack and Ralphs starts liking each other in the beginning, yet as the story unfolds it is easy to se that there is not a single drop of friendship left. When Jack and Ralph first met, they were forced by the situation to like each other. They are both strong characters and they seem to have the ability to take control over the situation. The island seemed like a wish come true for them. It was a place where they did not have to follow the rules of the adults. Ralph and Jack knew that instantly and it made them long to spend the time that they were given on the island by their own rules. The island could be their tropical paradise. We are told that Ralph is more appealing and a better speaker. He is also the largest and most physically powerful boy on the island, whereas Jack is described as downright ugly and mean. Ralph comes off as pleasing and rational and Jack as demanding and aloof. It's was obviously that Ralph would be the chief due to his people-skills but Jack expected that he would become it, due to the status he had back home. After this there was a friction between the two boys that did not go away, but it only increased. Jack wanted to take the power from Ralph that resulted in Jack quickly trying to seize the opportunity of befriending Ralph and gain authority and control back that way. Ralph was not aware of this and he offered Jack the command over the choir, hoping to gain an ally, not an enemy. Ralph did not wanted to be alone with power. “I’m chief then.” Ralph said. The circle of boys broke into applause. Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortiﬁcation. He started up, then changed his mind and sat down again while the air...
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