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

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Ralph is changed by his experiences on the island. How does Golding show this? � Introduction - What is the books about? - Who is Ralph? - What do I set out to investigate? � Character at the beginning - What is the character of Ralph like at the start of the play - What do the others think of him? - How do the other characters talk and think about him? � Events that affect Ralph - What events in the book directly affect Ralph as a character? - How do these affect him? - How do the others begin to see him? � Character at the end - What is Ralph's character like at the end of the book? - How has he changed? - Why has this happened and how does it affect other people's attitudes to him? � Conclusion - Sum up my answer the question - Reasons - Relate back Ralph is changed by his experiences on the island. How does Golding show this? The Lord of the Flies is a book written by William Golding published in 1954. It deals with the possibility of a group of evacuated boys crash landing on a desert island and observes how they struggle to not only stay alive but to get rescued and most centrally live together. One of the first characters we meet is that of Ralph, he is twelve years old and has fair hair. ...read more.

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This pattern of 'thinker' Piggy and 'do-er' Ralph continues. Ralph has to quickly come to terms with being chief and it is debatable as to how successful he is although many would agree that he failed to capture the group and motivate and command them, as soon as he is elected chief he is immediately unable to "decide what to do straight off", this lack of direction affects him greatly as over time the group start leaning toward Jack as their preferred leader as he has a greater vision although with this comes with his strident manner. In my opinion the principal event that affected Ralph's standing on the island was the balance between work and play, Ralph offers the opportunity to live well on the island and the possibility of rescue in the form of the huts, the toilet area and most importantly the signal fire. Jack on the other hand offers enjoyment and fun in the form of adventures and hunting, this appeals to the littluns who soon start following him with his dictatorial way of doing things, perhaps because they see him as a farther figure and miss the authority and direction they were given by parents at home. Slowly his tribe that was united at the beginning of their stay on this island splits apart and many other characters join Jack's tribe as they realise that although they prefer Ralph's quiet authority the 'get-up-and-go' exhibited by Jack appeals to them. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is also interesting that at the end of the book samaneric, two boys who Ralph would have thought of as being allies betray him and reveal his position to Jack, this is symbolic of the big picture of how the two groups have split, Ralph is now left on his own to defend for himself and Jack's tribe do what they left Ralph's tribe to do, have 'fun', although this had degenerated to savagery. All Ralph's weaknesses have been expressed in the way he has physical strength but when it comes to commanding people he is weak and never appeared to have a firm grasp upon anybody on that island when he was chief. In conclusion I feel that it is certainly true that Ralph is the character who changes the most throughout the story. His world changes shape entirely and friendships are won and then lost through either being stolen by Jack or killed. In my opinion he was a good leader to the likes of Piggy and Simon but the littluns needed adventure and someone to promise them home and the comfort that brings, Ralph could not do this as he was too realistic and wanted to build signal fires and huts. Jack did make these promises although did nothing about them yet this still attracted the littluns and hunting was appealing to them all. It is significant that it was Ralph's signal fire that eventually got them rescued showing that what he was doing was correct it's just he did it in the wrong way. ...read more.

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