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  • Ralph
    • Appearance
      • Ralph is a well built and attractive boy.
        • 'You could see now that he might be a boxer, as far as width and heaviness of shoulders went'.
        • He has the appearance of a leader
      • 'There was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil’
        • He is a good natured and kind person.
          • He will be the protagonist
        • Ralph's eyes are mild and kind unlike Jack's which are angry.
      • Hair
        • His hair is used as a tool throughout the book to show the passing of time.
          • It gradually gets longer and messier.
      • Ralph is elected as leader because he is attractive, unlike his main competition, Jack,
    • Speech
      • Ralph is well spoken
        • This deteriorates as the book progresses.
          • 'Thoughts that were rendered vague by his lack of words to express them.'
            • His way with words is lost along with other connections to civilisation.
      • He makes fun of the way Piggy talks.
        • He may believe he is superior because he speaks better than Piggy.
        • 'Sucks to your ass-mar'.
          • Like many other characters, he is dismissive of Piggy.
      • He is opinionated and wants the others to see his point of view.
        • "But I tell you there isn't a beast!"
          • He sounds confident in himself and this makes the others believe him more.
      • "The choir belongs to you of course."
        • He tries to be fair to Jack.
      • He speaks with authority.
        • 'I'm chief. I'll go. Don't argue."
    • Behaviour
      • Old habits like biting his nails return as tension increases in the book.
        • 'They were bitten down to the quick'.
      • Bravery
        • 'Ralph picked up his stick and prepared for battle'.
        • At Castle Rock, Ralph makes himself go first even though he is afraid of the beast which may be there.
          • 'Something deep in Ralph spoke for him, "I'm chief.  I'll go.  Don't argue"'
            • He realises that as chief he has a duty to go first and face the danger.
      • He is responsible for all the groups in society including the littluns which Jack did not seem to care about.
        • 'Someone's got to look after them.'
      • Although he is a good person, Ralph sometimes gives in to the savage instincts experienced by other boys such as Jack.
        • He gnaws at his meat 'like a wolf'
        • He takes part in the dance in which Simon is killed. He feels ashamed and allows Piggy to convince him that it wasn't their fault.
          • Golding involves Ralph, the main protagonist, in this act of evil which gives the message that everybody has evil inside them.
            • Links to the beast. Ralph comes to the realisation that the beast is inside all of them.
              • He fights the evil inside himself and this represents man's struggle against evil.
              • 'With a convulsion of the mind, Ralph discovered dirt and decay.'
                • Symbolic discovery of evil.
    • Opinion of Others
      • Piggy
        • Like the other boys, Ralph is dismissive of Piggy when they first meet because Piggy is fat and speaks badly.
          • However he realises that he needs Piggy's intelligence and logic.
            • This show's his ability to change and how he develops as a character.
        • Piggy is loyal to Ralph throughout the book and eager to please him.
          • He seeks Ralph's approval and automatically sees Ralph as a leader.
      • The littluns
        • Automatically obey Ralph because he has the conch.
          • 'The reassurance of something purposeful being done'
          • 'The same simple obedience they had given to the men with the megaphones'.
            • Ralph is making a noise so he must know what he's doing.
              • 'The reassurance of something purposeful being done'
      • Jack
        • The power struggle between Jack and Ralph represents conflict between civilisation and barbarity on the island.
        • Ralph respects Jack at the start but grows to hate him. There is tension between them.
          • 'They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.'
      • SamnEric
        • Loyal to Ralph throughout the book.
        • Ashamed of themselves when forced to join Jack's tribe.

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