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What Makes a Leader- Lord of the Flies

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wants to go on just to show his capability of killing an animal. When he plays with emotions, Jack uses two of the most apparent ones, fear and thrill. In the earlier chapters of the book, after leading the boys into a hunt, he then exclaims “I cut the pigs throat. The boys chattered and danced” (Golding 69). Jacks knows the thrill they get from the adrenaline rush of murdering an animal and thus leads them into this act of killing. With cheating the group of boys and dancing with their emotions, Jack presents a firm example of a manipulative leader.

Jack realization of the fear the boys hold makes them a huge weakness and a great target for Jacks manipulative skills. The beastie is one of the symbolic figures that haunts the boys. Jack with all confidence takes this as his shot to make the boys feel protected by him and fear that beastie actually exists. Jack describes the beastie as “‘he came-disguised. He may come again even though we gave him the head of our kill to eat. so watch; and be careful”’ (Golding 160). Which leads the boys to think that the beast, is indeed real, not a figment of imagination. Jack experience with deceivement makes him character exemplifying great manipulation.

Israelmore Ayivor said that “A true leader is a person whose influence inspires people to do what is expected of them to do. You cease to be a leader when you manipulate with your egos instead of convincing by your inspirations.” This is certainly shown by Jack and Ralph, as one leads with influence and the other with ego. Jacks use of the other boys’ fear of the beast to bolster his own importance in the tribe is a true example of manipulation, where Ralph immediately fills the place stating the obvious need for effective leadership, making the boys feel comforted by him. We can relate back to this, because of the many leaders we have had in the present and past. Today, for example the president of The United States, or in the earlier days, the Sheiks of Saudi Arabia and the Pharaohs of Egypt. Effective leadership and manipulation contrast incredibly and both make an impact that significantly change incidences.


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