Evil and goodness in lord of the flies

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Evil and Goodness

The difference between Jack and Ralph in the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is simply good versus evil. Some the examples of their oppositions are their ideals of social responsibility's, individual personality, and their appearance. Ralph and Jacks have something in common: their aversion to each other throughout the book is very apparent.

Jack and Ralph's first opposition are their ideals of social responsibility. First of all Ralph is very selfless. By this I mean he is generous and helpful. Since Ralph was the leader of the tribe he was always helping people by keeping the fire going and building the shelters even though nobody helped him except Simon. He was also very selfless when at the meeting he let everybody speak including the "little uns". But on the other side, Jack was very egotistical and self-centered. One example of this is when he was supposed to be tending the fire.

But instead of being responsible and mature, he went out to hunt and left they fire untended. In result, the fire went out leaving the group without a signal. Another example of Jack being self-centered is when during the meetings he wouldn't accept anybody else's opinions. When "little uns" would propose their opinion about the "beast", Jack would instantly shut them down, because he thought he was always right. My opinion is that Ralph was considerately responsible through the book and Jack retained his self-centered ways.

Another one of Jack and Ralph's differences is their personalities. One of Ralph's personality traits is that he is sensible, or in other words, he puts things into perspective. An example of this is that he knew the only way to get rescued was to keep the fire going. Instead of going hunting and having fun all...