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Lord of the Flies - A character study of Ralph This essay is a character study of Ralph who is one of the main characters in William Goldings Lord of the Flies I have chosen to analyse Ralphs character as it is the character with which I feel that I can relate most closely Ralph is probably the novels main character This essay will include my identification of the major aspects of Ralphs character and how he symbolises different themes which are portrayed in the novel I will cover in this what Ralph contributes to the plot of the novel a description of Ralphs appearance his dreams his attitude to being stranded on the island how he relates to the other boys and how he organises the boys into becoming a self-dependent society Ralphs character plays a major part in the plot of Lord of the Flies Ralph is the first character we meet in the novel and at first he seems to be very relaxed about the situation of being in unknown territory The plot begins opens when Ralph and another boy Piggy discover each other and eventually decide through Piggys constant persistence to blow through a conch shell to see if there are any other people around It turns out that there are many other boys stranded on the island and they begin to form a small community which is controlled by Ralph who becomes the leader Throughout the novel Ralph tries to keep the boys in order and to preserve a civilised society by showing constant faith that if they work together they will be rescued He does this by encouraging them to keep a fire burning which represents that faith and to organise themselves into a unit equipped to handle the unpredictable situation However Ralph finds this increasingly difficult as the story progresses Ralph begins to long and daydream of his civilised and normal past Gradually he becomes confused
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