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Ralph & Jack - character study

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Ralph & Jack The lord of the flies is a book about a bunch of stranded boys on a remote paradise island. However, unlike some other stories such as Coral Island, the boy's lives are not full of frolicking and joy with countless adventures it is filled with the eventual death of 3 boys. The book is revolved around two boys: Ralph and Jack. Ralph is: brave, humane and civilised. Whilst Jack is: vicious, jealous and power-hungry. With these two very different influences on the island a rift is created and separates the two boys with different groups under them. Ralph's physical description is very different to Jack's. Ralph is described as having fair hair, is attractive, well built and has a mild mouth. "But there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil." This means that Ralph is quite physically able but he isn't a violent person and with no contempt to cause harm among others. Jack's physical description is unsurprisingly very different to Ralph's. ...read more.


Ralph concentrates on being rescued and Jack goes along with this taking on the responsibility that he and his choir will mind the fire. "We'll be responsible for keeping the fire going-", but while Ralph remains focused on being rescued, Jack's new-found interest in hunting leads him to forget about rescue. "Jack had to think for a moment before he could remember what rescue was. 'Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I'd like to catch a pig first-." As the story evolves so to do Ralph and Jack's different opinions. The pressure on Ralph and Jack's different ideas peak when Jack forgets about his responsibilities in order to hunt. When Ralph tells Jack a ship had passed, and Jack had let the fire go out, because he had been hunting, all Jack can say is "You should have seen the blood!" Now Jack is faced with two choices. "There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled commonsense. ...read more.


"Ralph was full of fright and apprehension and pride. 'I hit him! The spear stuck in-", but he realises that he would fail himself and the others if he gave into the 'Beast'. Jack and Ralph prove to be similar, both recognising their inner desires, but each handle the situation differently. My conclusion to the differences between Ralph and Jack are that they represent two different ideologies: Fascism and Democracy and they also represents two different states of humanity: Civilisation and Savagery. I think the reason the boys' side with Jack is that all humans are drawn to power, all humans are weak to power, and all humans are power hungry. The boys get this feeling when they are with Jack because he is ruthless and has an impulsive use of power. Ralph on the other hand does not have this power behind him but he does have more logical reasoning and thinks ahead rather than of the immediate situation; planning his moves rather than acting on impulse. When the ship's captain lands on the island Jack and Ralph revert to who they really are: little boys. ...read more.

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