Lord of the Flies - What Happens to Ruin Ralph and Jack's Friendship?

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At the start of the novel we are told: Ralph and Jack smiled at each other with shy liking. Yet by the end, they are mortal enemies. What happens to ruin their friendship?

In order to be able to understand how Jack’s and Ralph’s enmity grew over time we must first understand what kind of character these two individuals are. In his novel “Lord of the Flies” William Golding uses a group of boys, stranded on a deserted island, to show the malicious nature of mankind. The two main characters are Jack and Ralph. Jack is the leader of a group of choirboys. He is first described with an ugly sense of cruelty and arrogance which makes him instantly unpleasant. During the first assembly, he rejects Piggy "Shut up, Fatty" (P.17). He has no respect for Piggy, or anyone else. His first ambition is to become chief. He says on page eighteen with "simple arrogance", "I ought to be chief." Jack believes that there is no better leader than him and that no one else has the right to control him, but he should command everyone. This is because he sees himself as a natural leader, and he has never been in a position without control. However, when the boys on the island say they want to vote on a chief, Jack "started to protest" (P.18). This is because Jack knows that he is not in control of the boys who are not in the choir, which is the majority, and therefore he would not receive their vote. As expected Jack is defeated by Ralph, the other main character. Ralph is the complete opposite of Jack. He is instantly amiable, as he is introduced as a much fairer person. He seems to be self-confident rather than arrogant, giving the impression that he does not fear the deserted island they are trapped on. This fact is probably the reason why the boys vote him as chief in preference to Jack. In addition he demonstrates a far more pleasant attitude, for example towards Piggy, he interacts with him as opposed to Jack’s ignorant assault.

I think there is an instant, concealed aversion...
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