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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Ralph At first, Ralph is immature and slightly self-centered. Through his experiences on the island and through his friendship with Piggy, Ralph changes, and gradually becomes a more compassionate and intelligent character. Works Cited:, William, and Edmund L. Epstein. Lord of the Flies: A Novel. New York: Perigee, 1954. "'Aren't you going to swim?'Piggy shook his head.'I can't swim. I wasn't allowed. My asthma-''Sucks to your ass-mar!'" (13)Piggy and Ralph are naked in this little lagoon-pool. Piggy is trying to share something personal with Ralph, how he has asthma and is limited to what he can do, but instead of being respectful and sympathetic, Ralph is immature and cracks a joke about it. "'I was talking about smoke! Don't you want to be rescued? All you can talk about is pig, pig, pig!'" (54)Ralph is clearly stressedbecause around this time Jack is only focused on killing a pig and getting meat. Ralph wants everyone to focus on more important things such as keeping a fire and building shelters. "They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority; and partly because they enjoyed the entertainment of the assemblies" (59).This quote proves that the boys view Ralph as a true leader and an adult figure. It also mentions the conch and how it symbolizes Ralph's power and control. "'You hunters! You can laugh! But I tell you the smoke is more important than the pig, however often you kill one. Do all of you see?' He spread his arms wide and turned to the whole triangle. 'We've got to make smoke up there-or die'" (81).Ralph lashes out at the hunters for being so disrespectful. All they care about is pigs, and he wants them to know how unimportant that is. He takes charge and gives it to them straight-if they don't and keep that fire going, they're as good as dead. "At last Ralph stopped work and stood up, smudging the sweat from his face with a dirty forearm. 'We'll have to have a small fire. This one's too big to keep up'" (130).Ralph has matured throughout his time on this island. He's had to take care of all the other boys ever since he was chosen as chief. This quote shows how he is able to remain on track and focus on the task at hand, even after all the comotion Jack caused. It also shows his inteligence since he knows how to handle the fire. "'I'm chief,' said Ralph, 'because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going. Now you run after food-''You ran yourself!' shouted Jack. 'Look at that bone in your hands!'Ralph went crimson. 'I said you were hunters. That was your job'" (150).Raplh is trying to address the different conflicts the boys have been having. While Jack is clearly trying to pester him, Ralph sticks up for himself and stands his ground as chief. "'You could-''Call an assembly?' Ralph laughed sharply as he said the word and Piggy frowned.'You're still chief'" (156).Ralph is doubting himselfand making jokes about his "power" as chief. Piggy is a reassuring friend to Ralph, and he's encouraging him in this moment. "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy" (202).After spending the months on the island trying to remain focused and strong, Ralph is finally able to let it all out when the officer arrives to rescue them. He can finally let out his emotions from Piggy's death as well. "'I'm frightened. Of us. I want to go home. Oh God, I want to go home'" (157).After spending the majority of the book trying to be strong and encouraging about being rescued, Ralph finally admits he'sscared of what they've all become and that he wants to go home. This shows Ralph's vulnerable side. "Ralph pushed the conch into Piggy's hands. He held the shining thing carefully and blinked at Ralph.'Go on then'" (170).This is a very cute moment between Ralph and Piggy. Piggy's admiration of the conch has been evident throughout the book, and Ralph handing it over to him represents Ralph's trust and encouragement of Piggy.
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