Lord of the flies character analysis of Ralph.

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Chapter 12 brings the culmination of all things evil. Following the murder of Piggy and the capture of the twins, Samneric by the tribe, Ralph is left alone, with the realisation that Jack and his followers have taken the final step over the line from civilisation to savagery. Ralph attempts to convince himself that the tribe cannot be as evil as they seem. To someone like Ralph, who has attempted to maintain some sense of their old life, the descendance into unrestrained barbarism is too much to accept, and yet somehow he realises that his controlled approach to their situation is actually a threat to Jack, which must be eliminated.

While wondering the forest, Ralph comes upon the skull of the pig, to him it seems to symbolise the wickedness of the situation, and he smashes it

"A sick fear and rage swept him. Fiercely he hit put at the filthy thing in front of him that bobbed like a toy and came back, still grinning into his face, so that he lashed and cried out in loathing."

. This contrasts with the earlier smashing of the conch, which throughout the book has symbolised order, reason and democracy.

Fear of the Demons of the night drives Ralph back to towards the camp, where he has to face the fact that Samneric have been "converted"

"Accepted this new fact like a wound. Samneric were part of the tribe now."

While confronting them, as they guard the castle rock, in a desperate attempt to win them back and end his total isolation, he is horrified to hear that Jack and Roger are planning to hunt him down and "do him in" the next day.

" 'They´re going to hunt you tomorrow.´

'But why?´

'I dunno. And Ralph, Jack, the Chief, says it´ll...