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How far Ralph becomes Animalistic in ‘Lord of the Flies.’

In this essay you will see the situation Ralph was in when he came to the island and how far Ralph became animalistic in the novel ‘Lord of the Flies.’ We will also see how Ralph’s surroundings also affect his behaviour on the island (other boys etc.) Ralph is the elected leader of the boys at the beginning of the novel; he is the primary representative leader of the boys in the island.

Ralph comes to the island without any worries of being alone or having no adults around him to take care of him, we know this when Ralph and Piggy first speak:
“Aren’t there any grown-ups at all?”
“I don’t think so.”
‘The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy, Ralph will regret this ambition by the end of the novel. Golding tells us that ‘There was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil.’ Ralph organizes a meeting with all the boys he has met so far in the island; this tells us Ralph is a peacemaker, He would not let things get out of his hands as he tells some of the boys to shut up and lifts the conch teaching the others how important the conch is to their lives on the island. After Ralph is ‘elected’ as chief of the boys he ‘he drains the suffusion away from Jack’s face, Ralph has a sense of morality, although he does something bad he realises what he has done for example: ‘Ralph looking at piggy with more understanding saw that he was hurt and crushed,’ after he had told the boys about his nickname.

Ralph brings up the idea of having rules as a must and of making camps before anything and even a signal fire. Ralph does make a mistake though with telling Jack that he needed hunters and again he will have regretted this near the end. Ralph makes a fire on top of the mountain and lets it go out of his hands leading to the unknown death of the little ‘un with a...

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