How Is Ralph Presented In Lord Of The Flies

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Lost, hungry, scared, hopeless. These are the emotions that you would feel when you're stranded on a deserted island. The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about british school boys that are stranded on an island. In this book, a plane is shot down and crashes on a deserted island, these boys have to find a way to survive and find a way to get rescued. There are many characters in this book that each have their own talents, a few of their names are: Ralph, Simon, Piggy, Jack and SamnEric. The two characters I found extraordinary were Ralph and Simon. Simon and Ralph share many similarities and differences by being selfless, mature and having a caring and loving personality towards others. Both Simon and Ralph are selfless in many …show more content…

Ralph is much more mature than the other boys for a few reasons, he is the leader of the boys, and he is the biggest boy on the island. In one case scenario of the book, all of the boys were running around and being crazy, and Ralph was mature and calmed them all down. To calm down these boys Ralph says, “We’ve got to talk about this fear and decide there's nothing in it. I’m frightened myself, sometimes; only that’s nonsense! Like bogies. Then, when we’ve decided, we can start again and be careful about about the things like the fire” (82). This is a great example of showing how mature Ralph is. He talks in a very controlled manner, and he calms everyone down. Another character in this book that is mature is Simon. Even though Simon is a littun he is the most mature of the younger boys. Once the other boys start to get paranoid about the beastie (which is imaginary), Simon starts to drift away from all of the craziness, and he finds a little safe and quiet spot that no one knows about. Simon tells Ralph, “I wanted -to go to a place- a place I know” (85). Saying this makes Simon very mature because he doesn't handle situations like a common young boy would, he handles it very maturely and adult-like. Both characters here show much more maturity than any of the other boys on the …show more content…

In general you can observe that these characters are adult-like because of their maturity and caring personality towards the other boys. Simon really shows this amazing personality because, he is portrayed as a christ-like figure. In many parts of the book Simon reassures Ralph and the other boys from fear by saying, “You’ll get back to where you came from” (111). This quote is significant because it shows that Simon cares about Ralph, he assures Ralph and lessens the fear of never leaving the island. Ralph also has a caring and loving personality towards others because, he reassures the littluns, he allows everyone to speak, and he listens to everyone. At one time in the story Ralph starts to regret being the leader, but the boys don't want anyone else in charge, so Ralph continues to be the leader because he cares about everyone and what they think. Ralph states to Piggy, “ ‘I ought to give up being chief.’ ” In response Piggy says, “Oh lord! Oh no!...If Jack was chief he’d have all hunting and no fire. We’d be here till we died” (93). As you can tell, Piggy really wants Ralph to still be chief. Even though Ralph doesn't want to be chief, he stays the leader so that everyone is happy. As you can read, these characters have a loving and caring personality towards

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