lord of the flies RALPH quotes

“im chief. ill go. don’t argue.” when he steps up to hunt the beast, decisive and determined, short sentences show his clarity and he has no doubt, dedicated leader.
“the rules are the only thing we got!” believes rules are the only thing that can help them escape.
“Ralph, too, was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh” shows how Ralph is being influenced, he gave up.
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of a true wise friend called piggy” darkness of mans heart is a metaphor for the evil and savagery struggles the boys on the island experienced, piggy did fall through the air to his death; but ‘fall’ can also be a metaphor for piggy’s decline in influence and power throughout the novel, the literal reference of evil and savagery is being implied rather than stated.
” there aren’t any grown-ups. we shall have to look after ourselves” simplicity of his language shows his common sense and straight forward sense of order, golding sues Ralph to portray the rational thinking on the island, lack of connectives shows he sees no need in persuading others.
social class We can tell from Ralph’s sociolect (the way he talks), using words like “wizzoh” and from the fact that his father is a “commander in the navy” that Ralph is upper-middle class. In the context of the 1950s, the upper-middle class were considered superior to the working classes (like Piggy) and the natural rulers of Britain. At first, Ralph dismisses Piggy (who we can tell is working class from his grammar and accent, and the fact his aunt “runs a sweet shop”), but eventually learns that Piggy was his “true, wise friend”. In this way, Ralph’s experience on the island gives the reader hope, as he overcomes his class prejudice.
the armed forces At first, Ralph looks up to the armed forces. He pretends to be a “fighter pilot” in chapter one, and speaks proudly of his father who is “in the Navy.” However, by the end, Ralph no longer enjoys the “game” of warfare, and realises that the “war” on the island has meant “the end of innocence”.
british superiority At first, Ralph believes in the superiority of the British. He speaks proudly of the Queen, who’s got “a big room full of maps and all the islands in the world are drawn there.” He likens the island to “Coral Island” – an island from a novel where some British boys successfully “civilise” some “savage” islanders by teaching them Christian, English values. However, by the end of the novel, Ralph realises “the darkness of man’s heart”, a phrase borrowed from the title of another book about British explorers, “Heart of Darkness”, which explores the idea that “darkness” can be found in all civilisations and places.

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