Comparing Ralph and Jack to Show How the Characters Change in Lord of the Flies

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Comparing Ralph and Jack to Show How the Characters Change in Lord of the Flies

Golding uses many techniques to change his characters as they progress throughout the novel. The main character Ralph is a prime example of this developing character.

Both of the boys arrive on the island with a certain manner. They are sensible and being from well brought up families and homes, soon start to work together in harmony on the island.

The first time we encounter Ralph is at the beginning of the novel where he is described as "The boy with fair hair…[He had] taken off his school sweater...[His] grey shirt tuck to his back and his hair was plastered to his forehead." The fact he has fair hair and also the quote "built like a
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To start with Ralph is a strong confident chief, throughout the first couple of chapters we see him making quick decisive decisions such as
"We will build the fire here. Fire means survival. We will keep the fire burning all day and night. We must." The use of these short sentences shows us that this is a quick, assured order.

In the later chapters Ralph has started to get fed up with the once
"paradise" of the island. When the only food that they can eat gives them terrible stomach problems, they are watching the moral and comfort of life decline.

As the novel continues, Ralph begins to be questioned about his leadership. This makes Ralph nervous and unsure and he tries to keep civilisation by retaking command. "I'm chief. We wont have the fire anywhere but on the mountain. Ever." In this assembly fully realises the threat of Ralph's rival, Jack.

Jack stats off as a friend and a supporter of Ralph and his ideas, "I agree with Ralph. We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages." This is extremely ironic, as in the later chapters this is exactly what Jack and the other boys become.

Jack's eyes are always used in the novel to depict his emotions, "Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger." The eyes are said to be the mirrors of the soul, and we can see
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