The Relationship of Jack and Ralph in Lord of the Flies by GoldingIn this piece of writing i am going to look at the relationshipbetween Jack and Ralph. I am going to see if it changes and developsmore as the play goes on. And if this happens I am going to comment onwhy I think it has changed.
From the very start of the play Jack and Ralph are the obviousleaders. Ralph is the oldest of the boys and is the holder of theconch. Because of this many of the boys think that he should be theleader of the group. But some of the group belong to the choir inwhich Jack is the leader. These boys look up to jack and listen towhat he says. Although neither of the boys say that they want to beleader it is obvious that they both want to have control over thegroup. The boys decide that the only way to choose a leader fairly isto have a vote. This causes the first obvious point of tension betweenthe two of them. Ralph wins the vote and is given the role of leaderover the rest of the boys. Although jack is disappointed he doesn’tshow his feelings to the rest of the group.
Ralph and Jack both realise that in order for the group of boys tosurvive on the island they will have to work together. Therelationship seems to be going smoothly as the boys help to build ashelter. The first shelter is built successfully and so some of theboys including Jack go and play in the sea leaving Ralph, Piggy andSimon to build the other two shelters. This annoys Ralph and hedecides to call a group meeting on the beach to set down some rules,which the boys will have to follow. Whilst Ralph is talking to theboys Jack says that there is to many rules and that the boys should beallowed to enjoy themselves and have fun. This is an obvious attempt