Comparative Essay While in a survival situation people will resort to basic survival instincts in order to prosper, some need a strong leader to tell them what to do to survive. Yet some are the leaders, and feel responsible to take action and lives into their hands. The movie “Alive” and the novel “The Lord of the Flies” depicted this theme very well, in “The Lord of the Flies” a natural leader by the name of Ralph volunteers to be chief of a group of stranded boys. This is quite similar to the film “Alive” where survivors of a lane crash elect a leader, Antonio, to get them out alive.
Not always are the leaders supreme, sometimes the leaders have competition. In “The Lord of the Flies” a plane full of around a dozen boys all under the age of thirteen crashes on an island in the middle of the ocean. At first the boys are exited by the fact that there is no adults to boss them around, but they soon realize that this is not such a good thing. After some discussion a boy, Ralph, volunteers to lead the group, the boys agree and elect him as chief of the tribe.
As you can see Just even initially the boys have an aspiration for leadership, even though they are still young they can comprehend the necessity for order in dire situations. These are called survival instincts. This shows that certain characteristics show in specific situations. Moving on to the motion picture “Alive” the same theme applies with different circumstances. A plane loaded with a South American rugby team crashes in the mountains of eastern Chili. Some passengers fell out of the plane do to the tail being ipped off dying instantly, others died on impact and some died after the crash.
Unwillingly a man named Antonio is elected to be a leader in this dire situation, this is another example of survival instincts. Antonio was the captain of the team, so naturally the men were used to being led by him so he was chosen as leader. Having one leader is not always the case, sometimes another wants to have all the power and are envious if they do not have it. This is quite evident in “The Lord of the Flies” when Ralph, the current Chief, has his position threatened by another power eeker, Jack.
Jack is very Jealous of Ralph’s position and intends to either take the position from him or win over the other boys by enticing them with fun and constant feasts. When Jack doesn’t win over the boys immediately he is angry and frustrated, but he must have appealed to the boys senses enough because one after another the boys went to Jack in search of food. Nearing the end Ralph’s tribe has dwindled significantly, Ralph and Piggy were the only remainders after the tragic death of Simon.
People in extreme situations often take comfort in knowing somebody who is with them has a plan to remove them from that situation, so often times than not the first person to show leadership qualities, such as a plan, is usually elected to lead the want to be leaders and the ones who want to be followers, but sometimes you get ones who have leadership qualities but want to be followers so they are elected not by choice but by necessity. All of these things are evident in both the film “Alive” and the novel “The Lord of the Flies”.