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Detailed analysis of Ralph's entrance in Lord of the Flies.

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In the first chapter Ralph is seen as naive and innocent, the epitome of a public school child. Ralph's portrayal in the first chapter of the novel is one of complete naivety and innocence. He is described as "fair-haired" with a "golden body," the combination making him seem almost angelic. However, Golding shows a potential for violence as Ralph has "width and heaviness of shoulders" however Golding stresses "a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil," setting Ralph up as a character who does not resort to base savagery later, unlike Jack and others. Ralph is clearly contrasted to Piggy who is "shorter, and very fat." ...read more.


Ralph does not seem to see the actual situation he is in, and tells Piggy, "", this vagueness, coupled with his child-like attitude to rescue on discussing the whereabouts of the pilot ("he'll be back alright"), gives the reader a strong impression of Ralph from just the first few pages. Further in the chapter, after the discovery of the conch, where Ralph sees it as "a worthy plaything", (again a contrast to Piggy: "ever so expensive"), he calls a meeting. Ralph's desire for democracy shown through his initiation of this meeting is later backed up when sees the need for fair leadership, and wants a vote to be taken, where as Jack a new character just introduced is much more tyrannical in his view on leadership, and thinks he should be chief purely on the fact he is head chorister, and can "sing C sharp." ...read more.


This shows extreme innocence and misunderstanding from Ralph; the idea that they just have to 'wait a bit'. This point is emphasized further on in the chapter where, in front of everyone he talks of his father in the Navy and how there are no unknown islands left, and shows a rather naive patriotism about the Queen having "a big map." "It might even be daddy's ship... sooner or later we shall be rescued." All this from the meeting, as life on the island starts, leaves the reader with a sense of Ralph as the traditional English schoolboy of that time, (emphasized from a first image of him, "pulling up his socks as though he is in home counties"), with no understanding of the seriousness of their current situation. ...read more.

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