• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

During the duration of the novel 'The Lord of the Flies', we see Ralph becoming mature in his attitude to himself and the world around him.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Lord of the flies In the novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding Ralph was introduced as a righteous and likeable boy whose self-confidence make him feel safe even on the island without any adults. During the duration of the novel, we see Ralph becoming mature in his attitude to himself and the world around him. When Ralph and Piggy meet for the first time Ralph is very excited about being on island with no adults. He quickly enters the lagoon and swims about. This shows his priorities are not straight, as his first idea was to swim. Not much further on from this point Piggy tells Ralph his name that children use to call him; Ralph immediately begins to ridicule and in a taunting way by repeating the name that Piggy told him: "Piggy, Piggy" This is a clear indicator of immaturity and how his attitude is to someone who he thinks is secondary due to his appearance. ...read more.

Middle

He becomes more influenced by Piggy than by Jack. Which show he is interpreting the situation there in from a more practical view point as he now understands that Piggy is intelligent and the advice given is of valid quality. Although the significance of the fire as a rescue signal is slowly dying down with the other boys, Ralph continues to stress the importance of the fire at the mountaintop. He seems to know have his priorities correct unlike previously when he first arrived on the island. During the play-fight after their unsuccessful hunt in the course of their search for the beast, Ralph for the first time, gets an opportunity to join the hunters and share their desire for violence: "Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering." ...read more.

Conclusion

I feel he handles the situation with great integrity, as you would expect a boy of Ralph age to lose control of his emotions however he keeps his composer and thinks logically about the state of his affairs: "could climb a tree-but that was putting all his eggs in one basket." Ralph has come a long way in the aspect of maturity as at the beginning his main aim was for everyone to like him, where at the end he is more understanding of everyone else's needs and the surrounding world. He comes to understand that the hearts of men has darkness routed inside of it, he know realises that his innocence has gone after this turmoil experience. He also comes to terms that he had made a true wise friend called Piggy, someone who he mocked in the beginning of the novel but later comes to understand his stout little friend. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Name and/or Title of the Text: Fight Club (Film) Composer: David Fincher.

    Jacks changes are made all the more significant through the use of colours. Before Jack's 'enlightenment' all the colours used are dull blue-greys. The camera angles are narrow and focused. This creates a tone of monotony and boredom. Later, the scenes become brighter and colours are powerfully contrasted.

  2. Piggy's Specs

    He put on paint, first to camouflage himself from the pigs. But he discovered that the paint allowed him to hide the forbidden thoughts in his mind that his facial expressions would otherwise show: "The mask was a thing on its own behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work