Lord of the flies – The conch

December 31, 2016 Law

Ralph is one of the most important characters and the main protagonist of the story. He was chosen to be chief by the others boys because of his innate leadership skills and strong sense of morality and responsibility that make him outstand as a natural leader. “Ralph! Ralph! Let him be chief” (Pg 22). Ralph is sensible and makes practical decisions that will benefit all. When Ralph decided not to go on climbing the mountain because of the wind, he wasn’t being a coward. He did it because it wouldn’t be very practical to continue climbing in windy conditions at night, as somebody could get hurt on the rocks (Pg 120). He is very optimistic and is sure that sooner or later all of them will be rescued from the island. “It’s a good island. Until the grownups come fetch us we”ll have fun”(Pg 35). He is concerned about the future of all the boys and he insists on lighting a signal fire on the mountain and maintaining it at all times. “We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island, they may not notice us. We must smoke on top of the mountain. We must make fire” (Pg 38). When one the littluns came up and complained about a beast, like all the other boys, Ralph too felt nervous. But he suppresses his fear as it may it frighten the littluns even more. “He must have had a nightmare. Stumbling about among those creepers. There isn’t a beastie” (Pg 36). Ralph has a caring and compassionate nature. When one of littluns approaches the assembly to say something and is laughed at, Ralph tries to persuade him to regain his self-confidence and speak his mind (Pg 35). He tries to maintain a civilized society on the island by maintaining law and order. He does this by constantly making reasonable rules for the boys to follow. “And another thing. We can’t have everybody talking at once. We”ll have to have “Hands up” like at school. Then I”ll give him the conch. He can hold it when he’s speaking” (Pg 33).


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