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"Ralph wept for the age of innocence, the darkness of mans heart and the fall through the air of a true friend called Piggy." In light of this quotation, examine how Ralph changes during his time on the island.

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"Ralph wept for the age of innocence, the darkness of mans heart and the fall through the air of a true friend called Piggy." In light of this quotation, examine how Ralph changes during his time on the island. At first Ralph was really enthusiastic about being on the island, because there were no adults and it was like the paradise islands he had read about in books. "Perhaps there aren't any grown ups anywhere." Ralph and the other boys were really excited about exploring the island. Ralph also had a na�ve belief in his father rescuing him because he was in the navy. "When he gets leave he'll come and rescue us." At first Ralph is elected to become leader of the group, this gives him responsibility. Then Ralph gives Jack the choir to become hunters, but then he tries to organise the boys. ...read more.

Middle

At first Ralph doesn't seem to like Piggy, which is why he gives him the nickname. He also seems to pick out Piggys deficiencies and keeps reminding him of them. "Piggy! Piggy!" But as we get further into the novel Ralph starts to realise Piggy's strengths and discovers he is a good and strong friend. Whilst Ralph's relationship with Jack causes him to change so does the disappointment he suffers on the island. As he spends more time on the island he realises that he has become dirty, his hair has grown and he cannot do anything about it. "You're chief. You tell 'em off." Also he realises that he has had to work to build the shelters and make a routine. He also finds that he has limitations as a leader as the boys on the island start to ignore him and he becomes disheartened. ...read more.

Conclusion

This affects Ralph, as he is no longer in control, the fact that he tries to get the twins back into his group shows that he enjoyed having something to be in control of. The reason the hunt to the death began was because Ralph tried to hide after the rest of the boys had joined the tribe but Jack found him and set up a line of savages to find him. Ralph's view of the island has completely changed from the view of a paradise island to a hellish island. When the naval officer arrives Ralph remembers the start of the island and declares himself the leader again. The naval officer asks if a war had taken place not knowing just how right he was. Golding is showing in his novel that evil lies in the heart of every human being even young innocent boys, it just takes more to bring it out in some people. ...read more.

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