This essay is a character study of Ralph, who is one of the main characters in William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’. I have chosen to analyse Ralph’s character, as it is the character with which I feel that I can relate most closely. Ralph is probably the novel’s main character. This essay will include my identification of the major aspects of Ralph’s character and how he symbolises different themes, which are portrayed in the novel. I will cover in this what Ralph contributes to the plot of the novel, a description of Ralph’s appearance, his dreams, his attitude to being stranded on the island, how he relates to the other boys and how he organises the boys into becoming a self-dependent society.
Ralph’s character plays a major part in
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Simon becomes the first victim of what the boys of as the beast, ‘the Lord of the Flies’ or ‘Beelzebub’, when he goes to his sanctuary and finds there a pig’s head on a stick, with which he starts to have an imaginary conversation. When he tries to tell the boys the truth about there situation and that the beast is in all of them, he is beaten to death by the other boys. Ralph tries to face up honestly to what has happened and admits that Simon’s death is murder, while Piggy argues it was an accident. Jack’s tribe now claim that Simon was the beast.
The society now becomes split into two gangs, Jack’s tribe and Ralph’s now much smaller group. Jack’s tribe begin to intimidate Piggy and he too eventually dies as the result of an accident. Eventually Ralph is left completely on his own. He learns that Jack’s tribe are planning to hunt him and he sets fire to the forest and runs towards the beach. The huge fire has, however, attracted a ship and the sailors come onto the island and rescue Ralph and two of his former friends. The sailors have no idea of the savagery to which the boys have descended and think that they are just playing a game.
Ralph is an attractive, fair-haired and athletic young boy, in contrast to Piggy who is short and fat, wears glasses and has asthma. Jack is red-haired, with freckles and blue-eyed. He is strong and athletic. Simon is a bit frail and weedy. Ralph shows his resourcefulness in building shelters and in finding