Ralph is an intelligent, rational, and athletic twelve-year-boy marooned on a deserted island with a bunch of other boys. He uses his common sense and sensible judgments to coordinate the efforts of other boys in order to survive and return to the world of adults. Ralph’s charisma and self-confidence attract the castaways who choose him as their leader. But his attempts to recreate the order of the civilized society aren’t successful. The boy meets with the dark side of human nature – the savagery which encourages boys to behave in a violent way. His position begins to decline after Jack manipulates others to join his hunting tribe. The following murders and tortures destroy his childish naiveté in the innate goodness of people. This knowledge that evil hides within every person even overshadows his rescue.
Ralph (LOTF) Quotes
His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
Ralph (LOTF) in the Essays