The way he utilized his power to wreck and create displays another feature. As an epic hero, Ralph knows how to apply his skills, strength, and courage to help his friends
In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding there is an occurrence of various changes that are involved in each character. Throughout the book, there are characters that change since they were first introduced and some who have very little to no change. Ralph is someone in the beginning in the book who appears to be quite immature and adventurous. Ralph changes into an organized leader who appears to be more mature because he sees the bigger picture of being rescued and realizes life isn’t all fun and games which is significant because it conveys the maturity when kids start to grow up. Some experiences that show his change are when the fire goes out, when the group is seeking the beast, and the death of Simon.
Ralph and Jack most clearly represent Golding’s use of Juxtapositioning in the novel. Both individuals embody polar opposite character traits that are prevalent in all people. Evil, corruption, and satanic morals swirl around in the mind of Jack while the use of the thought process, the presence of a right and wrong moral compass, and the use of reason are traits allotted to Ralph. Ralph is the man that we all show but Jack is the true beast that lies in the hearts of us all. Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it.
(Golding, 1954, pg. 86-87). In this quote, Ralph is showing initiative to take control and running the situation. Ralph was always focused in looking for new ideas to survive. He wanted to create a fire that could work as a signal so they could get out of the island as soon as possible.
Ralph made the suggestion of needing a leader for the time being, and what exactly they needed to be able to survive. As Ralph showed characteristics of a great leader, although he lacks the ability to actually lead the group of rambunctious boys. Ralph does not constantly demand for the other boys respect and to see if orders were followed through, instead he whines and complains to the boys that they are not doing all what they are told, and are not doing them right. “all at once, Robert was screaming and struggling with the strength of frenzy. Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife.
He called many assemblies in which he went over the rules, responsibilities, and jobs needed to be done. The fact that there was no adult with them and there were no consequences to their actions didn’t change Ralph's behavior. All Ralph wanted was to be rescued and get off the island and the only way, in his opinion, was to keep a controlled signal fire going. When the signal fire was let out and a ship came by, Ralph was livid. He called a meeting and told everyone the priorities on the island: “Look at us!
Doing his best for community, Ralph shows everything that he does is for the best of the group not to satisfy his own needs. He tries every possible way to get rescue and stay alive in the island. From Chapter 2, Ralph as the leader starts to think for the group when he suggests building a signal fire to let any ships that pass by see the smoke from the signal fire. This suggestion is highlight by Ralph, in his dialogue, “We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us.
However, when the death of Simon and the breaking of the conch occurs, Ralph loses his leadership and his emotions take over due to his illogical decision. Therefore, Ralph is the best possible leader over the suburbans when he makes his decisions using both emotion and logic, but when his emotions overpower his logic his leadership fails. Ralph was born to be a natural leader, and he is one of the only mature, humanized, and socialized boys on the island. Ralph has such a great amount to him, he is the objective of manliness for most young men. With that, he has enough insight and knowledge in him to realize what is expected to survive.