Lord of the Flies-main character

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Lord of the Flies In this novel, Ralph appears to the reader as the symbol of civilization and order. As the novel progresses, Ralph manages to adhere to his original connection to civilization. Unlike Ralph, the other boys quickly adapt from their societal values to the island's natural ways of survival of the fittest. Throughout the novel, Ralph maintains the same moral and civilized characteristics he originally possessed prior to his arrival on the island.

As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent to the reader that Ralph will not adapt to the savage ways and candor of his fellow castaways. This is evident to the reader through his dialogue with both the boys and to himself. After Ralph is elected chief, he proclaims to the boys, "Listen, everybody. I've got to have time to think things out. I can't decide what to do straight off. If this isn't an island we might be rescued straight away.

So we've got to decide if this is an island." (Golding 23). As the novel progresses, Ralph's conversations with Piggy reflect his same beliefs that he is chief. "I know what we need. An assembly to put things straight. And first of all, I'm speaking." (Golding 79). Ralph maintains his unyielding belief that he alone is chief, and this is apparent in his conversation with the naval officer at the end of the novel. "Who's boss here? I am. Said Ralph loudly". (Golding 201). Ralph's refusal to accept the ways of the savages is reflected in his thoughts and actions, and portrays him as one of the few boys still fighting for order. "One must remember to wake at first light...in order to diddle the savages..." (Golding 191).

In the beginning Ralph is the first to take initative and call a meeting, to organize...