Ralph- key quotes

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The first description of Ralph
"The boy with the fair hair"
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Realising they're on an island
"the delight of a realised ambition came over him. In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy. "No grown ups!"
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The sighting of the conch
"Ralph had stopped smiling and was pointing into the lagoon. Something creamy lay among the ferny weeds."
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Why he was voted chief
"But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size and attractive appearance; and most obscurely yet most powerfully, there was the conch."
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Ralph's priorities when they first arrive
"We want to have fun. And we want to be rescued."
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What he wishes he could think like
He becomes "vexed to find how little he thought like a grown up and sighed again. The island was getting worse and worse."
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His feeling to the society that's slipping away
"The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that; and now- and the ship had gone."
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Good leader
"Jack's in charge of the choir. They can be- what do you want them to be?" "Hunters." Jack and Ralph smiled at each other with a shy liking."
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He is still vunerable to inner savagery
"Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering."
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His insitence on concentrating on smoke
"But I tell you smoke is more important than the pig, however often you kill one. Do all of you see?" He sread his arms wide and turned to the whole triangle. "We've got to make smoke up there- or die."
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Ralph's response at the very end of the novel
"And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."
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Using power for a greater good (finding the beast and making the boys feel safer)
"Something deep in Ralph spoke for him. "I'm chief. I'll go. Don't argue."
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Reference to savagery or Eden at the beginning
"He undid the snake-clasp of his belt, lugged off his shorts and pants, and stood there naked, looking at the dazzling beach and the water."
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Losing the ability to think straight
"He tried to remember. “Smoke,” he said, “we want smoke.”“’Course we have. ’Cos the smoke’s a signal and we can’t be rescued if we don’t have smoke.”“I knew that!” Shouted Ralph. He pulled his arm away from Piggy. “Are you suggesting–?”
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Card 2

Front

Realising they're on an island

Back

"the delight of a realised ambition came over him. In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy. "No grown ups!"

Card 3

Front

The sighting of the conch

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

Why he was voted chief

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

Ralph's priorities when they first arrive

Back

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