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In the novel Lord of the Flies, Golding uses Ralph to represent democracy and friendship.

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What is the significance of Ralph in LOTF In the novel "Lord of the Flies", Golding uses Ralph to represent democracy and friendship. He also uses him, however, to represent how the innate goodness of someone can be overridden by their "essential illness" and vice versa. At the beginning of the novel, Ralph and Piggy find the conch. It is used to assemble all the boys on the island, forming a meeting. It is Ralph who realises that a leader is needed. They call a vote and Ralph is chosen, "Let him be chief with the trumpet thing". Yet, in-spite of his power, Ralph chooses to delegate. He evidently realises how Jack needs to be kept occupied. ...read more.


He spites Piggy, revealing to the others the information that was confided in him, "He's not Fatty", "his real name is Piggy". Following this Ralph denies he disclosed any such information, "What on earth are you talking about". Clearly, Ralph wanted to deny all accusations made against him, and take advantage of Piggy's vulnerability. Golding also expresses Ralph's disability to ignore basic human instincts by describing the way he eats, Ralph "gnawed" his meat "like a wolf". Yet again, Golding focuses on small, but vital characteristics of Ralph - one of the most moral characters - and shows that even the best of us give in to our animalistic characteristics. However, Golding essential use for Ralph is to express that the innate goodness of someone can fight the evil that surrounds them. ...read more.


Golding also uses Ralph to express the necessity of acceptance. Although Ralph was not directly responsible for Simon's and Piggy's deaths, he accepts, as elected leader, the onus for these atrocities and holds himself solely liable for the barbaric acts that took place on the island - "Who's boss here" "I am". It is also Ralph who apprehended the true potential of the island. He realises how much the boys lost as a result of their experience, and therefore he cried - "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart". Ralph plays a major role in the novel "Lord of the Flies. He is a responsible, democratic leader and a good friend. His acceptance for the boy's moral corruptness further accentuates this idea. He shows that, if fought hard enough, good can still exist, despite the inherent evil. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This answer easily attains - and goes far beyond - a top grade candidate answer for GCSE. The answer is extremely clear, the point made are concise and very effective by being to-the-point and succinct with the question being asked at all times; they also demonstrate abilities of great perception and sensitive understanding of the character of Ralph and to some extent (which would no doubt come to the fore if required), the other characters relevant to the essay. The candidate makes it clear from the very first lines of their introductory paragraph the intentions for the novel and what Golding aimed to achieve with the character of Ralph. Being an allegorical novel, each character is a symbol, and Ralph has been correctly identified and explored here as the boy who represents how the innate savagery that exists in all of us can be won over in the end, and how it's the moments when our most urgent desires can be realised that we succumbs to the more animalistic state.

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The Level of Analysis is very good. The candidate delves to proficient depth in appraising the symbolic resonance of the character of Ralph and his role within the play. Where the candidate impresses most though, is how they take the themes and symbols beyond the pages to appreciate what Golding was trying to achieve not just for his audience, but for the book in general. The book is trying to teach us how there are innate drives within us that bay to our most primitive, un-civilised desires and it's brilliant to see this recognised at GCSE Level. There is every evidence of a candidate who understands how to form a strong and cohesive analysis of character, with excellent quotes for reference and insightful comments made on them, helping this answer remain thoroughly engaging - one I am sure will stand out against other answers of the same question for any examiner.

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