Many books imitate the real world into its text and make important connections to different times in history or present day. In the book “The Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding, these connections are very prominent, specifically when it comes to analyzing leadership. Throughout history, there have been good leaders, but there have also been bad leaders. Because of these leaders and dictators, people have learned to differentiate which qualities a good leader has compared to a bad leader. By looking through the text, and comparing it to Donald Trump’s campaign, we can determine that certain qualities are necessary for a leader to have, such as honesty, communication, and their approach.
In the novel, Jack, one of the boys stranded on the island, is a dictator of his own tribe. He is a very masculine and strong, using fear and punishment to keep his tribe going and keep order. Because of this power, many people in his tribe easily agree with anything he says. In a scene, a group of boys and him were standing on the beach and Jack was looking everyone over them. In the text it reads, “‘We’ll hunt. I’m going to be the chief.’ They nodded, and the crisis passed easily. ” (pg. 136) This quote shows that Jack has entitlement and it is showing that if Jack had not took control of the group, there would have been problems choosing a leader. Jack also goes onto say to forget the beast and not to worry about him. The other boys agree with him. He is not denying the existence of the beast, but is protecting them from the fear they may have of it. In an article in the New York times, it speaks about how Donald Trump believes that Muslims are ignoring the fact that suspected terrorists were plotting attacks because he thinks that Muslims are all “protecting” the terrorists. He thinks Muslims should open up more and report things like this to the police. The article also talks about how he wants more surveillance in mosques and he does not want foreign Muslims to enter the US. Donald Trump is making us all seem like one person, and once again, acting as if innocent Muslims are in fault as much as the terrorists are. He has had this view point on Muslims for a while now, and because of how close minded he is, these opinions may never change. He seems to only listen to himself.
Even though Jack has good qualities that a leader needs, he also has bad qualities. Throughout the book, at times he was very inconsiderate and dismissive. In the text Piggy, Ralph, and Jack were all talking about the beast and fighting over the conch. The conch was shell was for everyone to have an opportunity to speak without having everyone else speak over them. Jack says, “It's time some people knew they've got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us” (pg. 139) Jack was saying this to Piggy and putting him down, especially because he is weak and doesn’t have as much power as him. Like I’ve said before, Jack did not deny that there is a beast, like Ralph did, but he tells the littluns that he will kill the beast. He is basically trying to make himself look better than Ralph. However, Ralph ended up putting Jack in his place because he demanded him to sit down since he wasn’t holding the conch, and Jack seemed very vulnerable. In an article on IB Times there is a video, a Trump supporter, yelling ¨Kill Muslims.¨ This example connects to the example from Lord of the Flies one above and shows the bad influence Trump has on his followers. Especially since he has such a big audience, these opinions will spread and continue (even to the children). This relates to the thesis because here have been good and bad decisions made in the novel because of someone else, which may change some of the kids ideas/beliefs. A good leader can promote good ideas and opinions, however this isn't what Trump is doing. Things like this cause more trouble and chaos, as seen in the book multiple times.
Vlad the third was listed as one of the deadliest dictators in history and was even associated with Dracula and vampires. There were many people that were killed during his time, and he treated prisoners and rebels very cruelly and liked violence. To make things even worse, he also bathed in the blood of his victims. This is an example showing what power can do to you, and the harm it can have. Throughout the novel, Lord of the Flies, Jack is progressively getting more and more consumed by the power he has. In one scene, when Jack and Ralph are discussing being rescued, Jack says, “Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I’d like to catch a pig first-” (pg. 54) What is happening here is that Jack does not think being rescued is his top priority - he would rather take advantage of the situation he is in and catch a pig. This is showing that Jack’s greed and selfishness and growing and he is not thinking about the others and their safety, but what will only satisfy him. Jack was continuously trying to satisfy this new craving he had to fulfill himself and he had a sense of accomplishment and glory. The more he tried to satisfy himself, the more the greed and selfishness grew.
In conclusion, there are many qualities necessary in order for a leader to be a good one. Power can do many bad things to someone, but it can also be good if used properly. There have been many moments in Lord of the Flies where leadership skills were not very strong, and they were pretty similar to real world events in history. A leader should be someone that listens to others, isn’t selfish, has a good approach to things, and knows how to use their power wisely.
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