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How and why has the character of Ralph started to change by Chapter 7? Free essay! Download now

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How and why has the character of Ralph started to change by Chapter 7?

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The change in Ralph's character in Lord of the Flies

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How and why has the character of Ralph started to change by Chapter 7?
In the Lord of the Flies, Ralph is one of the main characters, he represents leadership and civilisation.
At the beginning of the novel, Ralph is very relaxed about the situation. He doesn’t seem to mind that he is stuck on the island with no connection to the outside world. He just enjoys his time like any 12 year old would. When he is then voted leader he takes control and tells everyone that they need to survive on the island until his father comes to rescue them. But as time passes, Jack, one of Ralph’s friends becomes savage which affects the entire relationship between him and Ralph. This is when Ralph and Jack part ways and two groups of rivalry are formed. Ralph gradually begins to lose hope as time passes on the island and becomes muddled up in his thoughts, not knowing what to say or do next. Each second Ralph spends on the island the civilisation he once had when they first arrived (on the island) seems to be wearing away. Savagery is taking over and Ralph does not know if he is capable to control it. Throughout this essay I am going to explain how and why Ralph’s character is changing and what this possibly means for his future.

At the beginning when Ralph first arrived on the island he was very layed back, he didn’t really mind being on the island he just seemed to enjoy being free. When a ‘fat boy’ follows him explaining the crash, Ralph does not seem to be bothered ‘in the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy ‘No grown-ups!’’. This shows that Ralph is not really thinking things through, he is just a child, he is delighted that they are on their own on the island with no grown- ups to put down the rules. The fact that ‘he stood on his head and grinned’ shows just how immature his behaviour is. However Ralph’s character changes as the story progresses. When the ‘fat boy’ tells Ralph that he does not want to be called ‘Piggy’ as that is what he used to be called at school, Ralph ‘shrieked with laughter’ which shows that even though Ralph does become a leader who is respected for some time, savagery is within him and that it is his choice whether or not he uses it. When Ralph is voted leader, he suggests that Jack should keep his choir and train them as hunters so that they can eat, maybe Ralph agreed to this because he did not want anyone to think ...

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