Lord of the Flies

May 27, 2011
By Anonymous

In the very suspenseful novel by William Golding, Lord of the Flies, the story is told in third person. In this classic novel, a lot of children are forced to become what man has tried to hide within ourselves; savages. Throughout this novel, Ralph has changed the most.

In the beginning, Ralph was just a child; standing on his head all the time. He was as clueless and childish as the rest of them. Ralph was content at first. “Ralph did a surface dive and swam under water… Ralph paddled backwards down the slope, immersed his mouth, and blew a jet of water into the air.” He barely seemed afraid or worried that he was on an island in the middle of the ocean without adults.

Later on, Ralph realizes he needs to be the leader whenever the other children picked him for chief. “I’m chief then.” He became empowered with the role. “Ralph smiled and held up the conch for silence.” Ralph started to become the adult figure here. He was changing little by little.

Near the end of the book, Ralph started to grow up and become more responsible. The naval officer asked “Who’s boss here?’” Ralph replies very load and proudly, “I am.” Ralph spoke up when no one else would. Taking full responsibility for everyone’s actions with that one answer he gave the officer.

Ralph is a dynamic character in the book “Lord of the Flies”. He changed, but that doesn’t mean all of mankind would keep intact with their humanity when put out in the middle of nowhere on an island, and forced to fight for survival. When humans are forced to fight for survival, food, and shelter they tend to return to their savage selves. This book is a pretty intense way of showing us that even though Lord of the Flies is about twelve-year old boys, they have the ability to be just as cruel and inhuman as the rest of us.

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