Who Is Ralph A Foil To Civilize In Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the Flies Essay No matter how civilized humans, when they are taken away from society, they tend to return to their animalistic ways. Being away from civilization causes a person to inhibit certain characteristics or habits that lead them to become more savage. In The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, ack serves as a foil to Ralph which illustrates Golding’s theme that when humans are taken away from civilization, they are detremented to the effect of becoming savage and wild . In the novel, Jack Merridew represents savagery, chaos, and disorder. He represents this by repetitively expressing the need to hunt and kill a pig. As Ralph and Jack begin to accommodate themselves as well as the other boys to their situation, Ralph begins …show more content…

Ralph stresses the fact that the boys need to keep a fire going so that they can be rescued. Ralph stresses that the fact that the boys need to keep a fire going so that they can be rescued. On page 80, Ralph expresses that the fire is the most important thing on the island and without it, they will never be rescued. He also questions the boys’ priorities about being rescued while talking to Piggy. He says, “ ‘Cant they see? Cant they understand? Without the smoke signal well die here?’ ” (Golding 139). Ralph keeps a voice of reason and sensibility in whats right vs. whats fun. His consistency in stressing the importance of the fire shows how he represents order in the story. Ralph also keeps order by creating a system and speaks up when he sees things getting out of hand when he sees Jack harassing Piggy about the conch and hears him saying that they don’t need it anymore, he keeps authority by telling him to sit down and stop talking because he doesn’t have the conch (Golding 101-102). Ralph also calls a meeting and explain that it's “ ‘not for fun. Not for laughing and falling off the log.- An assembly to put things straight’ ” (Golding 79). Throughout the entire story, Ralph has been the one to be civilized. He represents the order in the story by making sure to remind everyone of who they are. Ralph keeps the humanity in the boys despite the fact that …show more content…

Jack brings out the disorder and a little savagery in Ralph by encouraging him to participate in brute actions . He does so by telling Ralph to hunt with them for a pig. This results in an attack on Roger (Golding 111-115) that was caused by the thought of Roger being the pig. Later in the story, Jack also encourages Ralph to go hunting for the beast. And when asked what Jack would do when he found the beast, he told them that he would kill it. (Golding 116). By encouraging Ralph to hunt the pigs and the beast, Jack causes him to act in a savage way. He also leads Ralph to think that his actions may be ok, and it brings out the disorder in Ralph. Jack's actions also anger Ralph and cause him to have a short temper and fight back when challenged. While arguing with Jack the author attempts to show Ralphs anger by writing, “His temper broke. He screamed at Jack.- Ralph hit Jack in the stomach and made him grunt” (Golding 179). The author also writes of when Ralph was being hunted. His anger and fright of Jack caused him to intentionally try and stab one of the boys on the island that was chasing him (Golding 199). Being on the island for so long took its toll on Ralph. And Jack's actions have caused him to act more wild and savage even though he represents the order in the story. This shows that while he may

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