English, grade 10
Ralph’s Character analysis
Ralph is the main character of the novel “The Lord of the Flies” from William Golding who at first is overjoyed to be on a tropical island and free from any adult control. To express his happiness, he stands on his head, guessing the chaotic nature of things that are going to happen. By nature, he is an innocent, mild-tempered boy who assumes his role as a leader when it is thrust on him. He is a democratic leader who tries to keep the boys together on the island and even uses a conch shell to show his authority without violence. He thinks of building shelters to protect them and to start a fire for their rescue. He becomes friend with Piggy, the fat boy that receives taunts and teases from the other boy, and gets used to rely on Piggy's intellectual reasoning.
Ralph is brave when the occasion presents it, but he really miss for the secure world of adults, especially when order starts to break down on the island. He dreams about a rescue and insists that the signal fire always has to burn so that they can be seen. Ralph considers that the main reason for the disorder on the island is Jack, the antagonist and representation of evil in the novel. There is a continuous conflict between the two boys. Ralph stands for civilized ideals, while Jack leads a tribe of savages and “organizes” primitive rituals.
In the middle of the savagery, Ralph stays rational and hopes of rescue. There is only one occasion when Ralph falls into that same savagery; it occurs when he joins the ritual dance at the feast, the same feast where Simon gets killed. The guilt that Ralph feels as a result of him being a part of Simon's death is insupportable. It goes far enough to force him to accept that mankind’s nature has totally fallen. As he has the truth, like Simon before him, he becomes the hunted animal, full of fear and hopelessness. Only...