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The Character of Ralph in Lord Of The Flies.

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Alex Oliver 11K The Character of Ralph in Lord Of The Flies In the novel, Lord Of The Flies, Ralph is a twelve year old boy who has been stranded on the island as well as the other boys. He's a young, charismatic, natural born leader. Ralph dealt with changes that all the boys underwent as they gradually adapted to this isolated freedom from society. In the novel, Ralph stands for responsibility and the civilization of the island and the boys. He looks like a boy that the others would look upto and appreciate as we could keep everything settled. When we first met Ralph in the beginning of the novel, he was quite immature as he didn't show any interest in Piggy mostly because of his appearance and he didn't really appeal to Ralph. Piggy was just a fat boy with glasses and asthma. ...read more.


"There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerful, there was the conch." Here he begins to mature and starts to think logically. He talks about making building huts and ways to increase the chance of being rescued, whilst all the other boys think about playing and messing about. From the quick decisions he made as Chief near the beginning of the novel, it could be seen that Ralph was well-organized. But even so, Ralph began repeatedly to long and daydream of his civilized and regular past. Ralph became confused and began to lose in his speeches. "Ralph was puzzled by the shutter that flickered in his brain. There was something he wanted to say; then the shutter had come down." ...read more.


Ralph felt very confused as he didn't understand what Jack had against him and why their simple society collapsed. Ralph lost his self-confidence and he depended on Piggy more than ever. Near the end of the novel, Ralph had to be independent, as he no longer had Piggy there or the conch as Roger killed Piggy and smashed the conch with the boulder. He was forced to look after himself and decide what to do when Jack and his followers were on the hunt for Ralph. Ralph gained his confidence knowing that his wisdom was greater than the other boys, it wasn't about him being accepted by the other boys or the authority and power Jack had accustomed to. Ralph's more responsible behaviour set him apart from the other savage boys and made it difficult for him to realize and accept the changes they were undergoing. He realised this by the end of the novel. "Ralph wept..." ...read more.

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