LEADERSHIP

In my book, Lord of the Flies, I have come across once another cultural assumption that William Golding shows in the book. It is about leadership. Leadership is a big part in the book.

The leadership starts straight away in the first chapter where Ralph picks up the conch and calls all of the boys to a platform where they have a vote for a leader. Ralph is voted leader of the boys but there are a few unhappy faces with Ralph being leader. The cultural assumption of leadership shown in the book comes from WWII when the leader of a country going onto battle had to be strong and courageous.

An example from the book where leadership is shown is the conch shell. The conch shell is used for power. The person holding the conch shell is the only one allowed to speak at meetings. The conch shell is given to the leader Ralph to show leadership. A quote to prove this is when jack says "He who holds the conch shells has the right to speak"

Another example of leadership from the story would be Jack challenging Ralph for leadership by making his own "group" to survive on the island without Ralph. As jack is the antagonist in the book. Jack started not to like Ralph because he didn’t believe Ralph's decisions were right. So Jack made his own group and became the leader of that. A quote for this is “I’m not going to be a part of Ralph’s lot

Personally I think the way Golding shows leadership in the book is right and fair. He does not challenge the assumption of leadership because I think that it is the most common cultural assumption in the book. Jack represents the soldiers in war that were working for the other country. They never liked another country but they chose

I have enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others.

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2 years ago
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The cultural assumption is leadership, you did well but not fantastic is explaining what it was like in the 1950s, you explained the book well but did not relate it back to the time very accuractly

2 years ago
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All though the examples are very good in relation to the context though. i can identify the element in this assumption. This is a very good and well detailed blog which will be very good in the assessment.

2 years ago
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Your quote did show that the lead character was the kind of person who was on top and he has the person that they looked to. Also i could find the author, and you have included him into the text very well, i can also find a couple characters name which is good. I have not found any similarities and differences between my text and his, i also do not know what time he is referring to (mine is 1950's), in think you need to refer back to the time in context instead of relating the issues back to the book every time. All in all though, well done.