How Does Golding Present Ralph's Ethos In Lord Of The Flies

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Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding demonstrates the hardship that comes with choosing to stay positive in challenging circumstances, or surrendering to the negative “reality.” The story takes place on a deserted island, a few years after World War II. Golding sets up a solemn tone, yet one character in particular still has hope left. The struggle of being reasonable or having hope is illustrated through Ralph’s character. When faced with the unimaginable, Ralph’s tone and metaphorical thoughts constantly show his indecisiveness regarding his beliefs. Golding, using an ethos appeal, immediately places Ralph in a position of authority. With no adults around, the children need someone to look up to. At first, Ralph wants a leadership role, and takes the job as chief with an eager attitude. Later on in the story, having to constantly fill this gap weighs on Ralph. …show more content…

He is a level-headed character, and aims to have valid reasons behind every decision he makes for the group. He re-establishes the school-like atmosphere by using a shell as a talking stick. Although he knows what choices to make, how he goes about them is affected by his title of “chief.” The children look up to him for reassurance and guidance. He must learn very early in his life when to use a serious tone and when to appeal to the children’s needs. In the beginning, Ralph’s positive attitude allows him to lead the group in such a way that many others believe they will be rescued. In chapter five, after many negative thoughts, he has to deliver a more serious speech about how their strategies are not working. He also implies that the boys might not be saved. His opinions reflect onto the younger children, and set the tone for the entire group. Overall, Ralph never has a direct opinion on whether or not the group will be saved, and this indecisiveness is greatly shaped by his power and the decisions that come with

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