Jack and the savages even go as far as setting the whole island on fire just to find Ralph and kill him. “If I blow the conch and they don’t come back; then we’ve had it. We shan’t keep the fire going. We’ll be like animals…” (83).This shows how Ralph knows that if he blows the conch they might as well all turn into animals like Jack has become.
In Chapter Seven, Ralph is struggling to keep his civility from the ever increasing lure of atavism. Throughout the chapter, Ralph was attracted to savagery and atavism by taking part in many atavistic activities with Jack and the hunters. They tried to hunt pigs, play games, and climb mountains. While taking part in these activities, Ralph nearly forgets his real mission, to find the beast. The increasing lure of atavism nearly overtakes him when he watches a reenactment of a hunt by Jack and the hunters.
When Ralph and Jack first get to know each other their relationship appears to be strong and they believe they can run the island by themselves. However as the story progresses readers see that Jack wants more power over the people on the island causing conflict between him and Ralph. When Jack finally has enough of Ralph being chief he calls for a meeting and asks ‘‘Who thinks Ralph oughtn’t to be chief?” (Golding, 127) and also makes Ralph look bad by say negative things about him. This shows that Jack betrays Ralph and states false things about him to embarrass him in public.
How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Is a fire too much for us to make?” This shows that Ralph used the conch to call for a meeting for the kids to discuss things and used his deep concerns for the fire to try to drive the other kids to work harder on it. Jack’s leadership however is, “I’m not going to be part of Ralph’s lot-… Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too.”
Towards the end of their time on the island a few boys didn't make it, some of those decisions led to death, but the good ones led to achievements. Not every boy on that island is like Ralph. Which is why he was the one who had to make the tough decisions. Because he knew how to think, and he thought about stuff
By “set[ting] the island on fire” Jack destroyed all the firewood, shelter, plants and animals. Jack was desperate enough to destroy everything just so he could kill Ralph. Jack and Ralph are in competition for the role of leader. Killing Ralph would give him complete dominance which he craves. Just like Japan wanted dominance over the United States.
Upon arriving, Ralph’s primary ambition is to get off the island safely, considering the expected immaturity in reaction to the boys’ sudden loss of authority. He manages to maintain this intention regardless of his job or worth in society among the boys. As evil challenges his capability to retain this quality by the irony of the fire, breaking of the conch, and overall destruction of civilization, demonstrates his level of mental strength considering all of the odds against his favor. Having the, “voice of someone who [knows their] own mind,” and instituting an independent attitude towards his goal, Ralph displays competence and trust in his capabilities rather than depending on that of others. As displayed in his immediate need for order, Ralph establishes a plan to get off of the island.
Ralph is one of the oldest boys on the islands, he was elected as leader at the beginning of the book. Ralph treats all the boys with respect throughout the book even when he begins to lose sanity himself. Ralph organizes all the boys in hope to keep them alive until they get saved, he makes them build shelters, keep the fire burning, and keep them all fed. Constantly throughout the book Ralph tries to keep the boys civilized whereas Jack does the opposite.
The quotation above is the dialogue between Ralph and Samneric (twin). It shows that they still care with Ralph, because they were part of Ralph 's group before. They ask Ralph go escape far away because Jack will be killed tomorrow. The above quote also mention about forgetting common sense and also a chief. It shows that they 're no longer thinking based on logic or based on the superego.
I do believe that the main character changed by the end of the book, although some other characters changed a bit more, I still believe that Ralph changed drastically during the entire span of the book. Ralph, I believe that he starts out as an optimistic and calm boy, and with confidence in himself and that they are going to find a way off the island and a way back home. But, during chapter nine, a savage side shows while he joins the boys chanting about the pig. He only realizes, that later, he never should have participated in the cruel and horrifying act, because of how frightened the whole scene made him. As for what kind of character I believe Ralph is, I believe he is a dynamic character because he does change in his physical appearance(being
Ralph is trying to get everyone on the island organized and they each would have a role but Jack wants to take over the island and rule it. The dictator in Jack becomes dominant in his personality during the panic over the beast sighting on the mountain. In trying to get Ralph impeached, he uses his rhetorical skills to twist Ralph's words. In defense, he offers to the group a rationale that "He'd never have got us meat," asserting that hunting skills make for an effective leader.
Ralph says, “The fire is the most important thing on the island. How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Is a fire too much for us to make” (80). As an effort to show the boys their dire circumstances, he tries to convict them, including himself, of their ignorance. On the contrary, Jack Merridew counters Ralph’s authority with the proposition of thrill and amusement.
At first glance, Ralph is a central character who starts and completes William Golding novel The Lord of the Flies. From the onset of the novel, he is described as a “fair boy” with an “attractive appearance” (p7, 29). The author compares his stature as that of a boxer, “as far as width and heaviness of shoulders went, but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil” (p11). He has the physique and presence of a typical leader – strong but with a kind heart that makes him trustworthy.
The first difference between Ralph and Jack is that they have different ways of organizing things on the island. Ralph wants to lead everyone to work together to get off the island in a civilized order. Jack also wants to lead everyone but not in the same, properly ordered way as Ralph. When they first meet on the island, everyone who was stranded on the island wanted to be organized into some type of governing body so that they were ordered.