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Lord of the Flies Character Analysis Ralph An attractive boy and a natural leader the sort of intelligent well-adjusted athletic boy who easily might become the idol of his schoolmates We meet him in the first chapter as he leads the way out of the jungle while Piggy lumbers after him That he is fair-haired suggests that he is a child of fortune one who is blessed by nature with grace strength and luck There is recklessness to his manner He seems happy at the prospect of living on a deserted island away from the influence of adults The setting fosters dreams of heroic adventure in which he is the protagonist He will overcome all of the difficulties present in his surroundings lead a joyously exciting jungle life then optimistically await a glamorous rescue by his naval-officer father Unfortunately his dreams are frustrated when nature and his fellow youths refuse to cooperate with his romantic vision And as his dream becomes more difficult of attainment he loses confidence and calmness and begins to indulge himself in escape fantasies and dreams of the past Gradually he forfeits the respect of the other boys A contrasting characteristic to his tendency to dream is his common sense He is quick to assess the situation of the boys in realistic terms He sees what must be done for their survival and rescue and sets about arranging parliamentary meetings building a signal fire and constructing huts He appraises the advice of Piggy according to its practicality He fights against the superstition and terror of the boys as being detrimental to the organized progress of their society Ralph is by no means a perfect character He is often mean to those weaker than himself particularly the faithful Piggy Occasionally he performs rash and foolish actions He even joins in the murder of Simon He shares in the universal guilt of man But he does show a clearsightedness that none of
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