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In the book Lord of the Flies Ralph and Jack have very different styles. Jack is all about action and having fun but he also rules using fear. Jack rarely thinks things through and is more interested in being worshiped as the bloody battle hero that escaping the island. Ralph on the other hand is attempting to emulate the way adults have controlled his life, using rules. When things get tough for Ralph he uses the emotion of trying to get home to get his point across. Rules and emotion work well for Ralph in the beginning but as the children become more and more homesick and rescue seems very far away Jack's way is becoming more popular.

Jack's tone by chapter 8 has gotten angrier. He accuses Ralph of being a coward, using statements like “he's like Piggy. He say's things like Piggy. He isn't a proper chief.” He goes on to tell the other children about Ralph's cowardice on the mountain when he says “on top, when Roger and me went on- he stayed back.” Of course this is a lie Jack did go up the mountain and he was the first to look around the big rock earlier in the book. Jack is attempting to make Ralph look weak by making himself look strong.


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By chapter 8 Ralph is beginning to lose hope and his general tone conveys nothing but fear. Ralph figures out that many of the children have gone to Jack's side of the island. Ralph worries about all the children and is the only one to notice that Simon is missing completely. Ralph is attempting to be a good leader even through his fear, which makes him one of the strongest people on the island. Ralph tries to hide his fear by keeping busy looking after everyone he says “We will have to make a new list of who's to look after the fire.” When Ralph figures out that so many children have gone fear grips him again. Ralph is his strongest when he's looking after other people.

Unity should be the group's ultimate goal on the island. Just like in society there is a job for everyone who is willing to work. Even the smallest children can help a group find food and create shelter. If the boys had separated right away on the island they would all be dead by now. Ralph is trying to unite the children but without the authority of adults he is having a hard time. Jack wants to unite the children as well, as long as they are united in worshiping him.