Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Character Sketch

Character Sketch: Lord of the Flies- Ralph
In the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding the protagonist is a 12 year old boy by the name of Ralph. He is a natural born leader and that is obvious since the start of the novel. When the boys arrive on the abandoned island they took a vote on who should become chief and will hopefully lead them off the island; Ralph wins the boys votes and becomes chief. He did his best to try and keep the boys together, and getting along. He wasn’t cocky but was confident in himself and the decisions he made for the tribe while on the island. Ralph kept his sense of reality throughout the story unlike many of the other characters who were in a state of hysterics and fought for the power, especially the antagonist, Jack who was most power hungry and took every opportunity he could to take the power away from Ralph. Ralph used a conch to mildly show his authority, but was never conceited. Ralph took a liking to the fat boy, Piggy who received taunts and teasing from the other boys. This showed his mature, put together nature. Ralph always had the courage when the occasion demanded it and was never afraid to give orders when needed. Though Ralph was mature and sophisticated, you also saw his desperate frantic self as well. But through it all, he was always composed. As for Ralph’s physical feature, he was described as a fair haired, handsome boy, who had broad shoulders and the heaviness and stature of a 12 year old boy. If I got anything from the novel, it would be to that I learned from Ralph’s character. I wish I had half the amount of courage he had in the story.

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