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Describe an important character and explain why they are important. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - Ralph

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Describe an important character and explain why they are important. An important character in Lord of the Flies by William Golding is Ralph. Ralph is a strong leader in the book who all the boys respect, and he is the person who first tries to create an order on the island. In some ways Ralph's motivation for being a good, powerful leader is his longing for home. Ralph's relationship with another boy on the island, Jack is very important also. From the beginning of the book Ralph takes charge over his newly acquainted companion Piggy. When he calls the other boys together he takes control over the entire group and his leadership is acknowledged by the majority of the boys voting for him as chief. ...read more.

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This shows Ralph's passion for their rescue, for his home and for the fire. Ralph's longing for home is important because it is from this that he bases his decisions on and it's his decisions that get the boys home. We all have a craving for love, warmth and home, but it is not until we are without these that it becomes obvious. When Ralph finds a conch shell and uses it to call the boys from all over the island, they come running. The conch is a very powerful tool. When the boys have settled the conch is used to control the boys and to create an order on the island. A rule is set out by Ralph using the conch, "Whoever has the conch has got the right to talk". ...read more.

Conclusion

Their relationships change towards each other and among other people on the island as shown when "Jack looked round for understanding but found only respect. Ralph stood... his hands full of meat, saying nothing." This illustrates the attitudes of the group towards Jack hunting and killing pigs, and Ralph's attitude towards Jack. Ralph is ambivalent and cannot say anything because he is against the hunting and the killing. But Ralph needs Jack for his hunting, and Jack needs Ralph for his fire. The two boys depend on each other. Ralph is an important character in the text Lord of the Flies by William Golding. He leads the group through making decisions, he forms order on the island and his relationships with other people and his longing for home help him get there. Blair McNaughton ...read more.

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