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Ralph is changed by his expectations on the island. How does Golding show this?

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Ralph is changed by his expectations on the island. How does Golding show this? Golding uses several ways to describe and show what is meant. One of the characters that Golding has used writing to show how he has changed is Ralph. Ralph is firstly described as a child with no sense of responsibility. After he is selected as leader and several situations occur on the island, he becomes a good realistic leader. Ralph is one of the first characters described in the book. Before anything else, Golding introduces two characters. One we later find is called Ralph, another named Piggy. When Ralph first finds himself on the Island he doesn't appear to have a vast sense of responsibility, or to be very mature in his thoughts. We can see this as when Piggy asks 'All them other kids...Some of them must have got out. They must have, mustn't they?' Ralph's reply is to get up and casually walk over to the water. Golding, instead of having Ralph reply 'I don't care' or another known ignorant phrase has written that he just gets up and casually walks over to the water. This is not only a different way of showing that Ralph is not too bothered about being responsible, but creates a question in the readers' mind. ...read more.


He says 'Listen, everybody. I've got to have time to think things out. I can't decide what to do straight off. If this isn't an island we might be rescued straight off'. This quotation also shows that he is beginning to think about being rescued since he has had the power of leadership. He is beginning to think more maturely, responsibly. Ralph shows signs of a strong leadership as the story goes on. Golding shows these by implementing them in Ralph's speech and reactions. After he has become leader, his reactions to certain situations change. One of which is the situation that exists when the boys need to find out whether the island is actually an island. Ralph says 'So we've got to decide if this is an island. Everybody must stay round here and wait and not go away.... Three of us will go on an expedition and find out.' Here Golding is showing Ralph's thoughts are starting to be trained and precise, reacting upon a situation. Earlier on in the book Ralph showed that he did not care to hear about Piggy as he stood on his head whilst he was talking to him. Golding later writes 'There was no place for standing on one's head. ...read more.


One of the first things that Ralph says to Jack is 'You let the fire out'. Again, this shows Ralph's change in attitude when he has to react to a situation. He has a sense of responsibility and a rage inside him because nobody listened to his reasoning and rules about the fire. Ralph continues to show his anger at Jack as he repeats his point that he took the twins away from the fire and let the fire out. He then said to relight the fire 'Ralph's final word was an ungracious mutter. "All right. Light the fire". Here again, Golding is showing Ralph's realisation of the situation by stating that Ralph is acting maturely with his power even though he may want to just shout at Jack for it. Ralph later uses his authority to show that he is taking charge. 'I'm calling an assembly....even if we have to go on into the dark'. This shows that Ralph does not care for messing around and immaturity at this time. He cares about his rules, keeping the fire alight and doing something about being rescued. In contrast to the beginning of the book, Ralph has taken it upon himself, along with his leadership, to start thinking about being saved after bad situations have occurred and he has realised that daddy won't save him, its up to him to get everybody saved. ...read more.

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