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Throughout William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, Ralph and Jack’s struggle for control initially spawns the building of a civilization but ultimately leads to chaos. Although Ralph reassures the others with logic and order, in the beginning, his influence gradually declines as the island descends into savagery, and he loses his grip on humanity. In the earlier parts of the novel, Ralph is unable to understand why the other boys would have the instincts of bloodlust and barbarism. The sight of the hunters chanting and dancing is frustrating to him. Ralph still remain humanity in the very beginning, and he doesn’t want to be part of the hunter. He tries to maintain the order among the boys, as he has a strong desire to go back to the civilization. As the novel progresses, Ralph slowly understands that savagery exists within all the boys. “We can light the fire again. You should have been with us, Ralph. We had a smashing time. The twins got knocked over… We hit the pig…”(Golding, pg. 69). There is a ship on the sea, which makes Ralph happy because people on the ship could save them if they see the signal fire. However, he soon realizes that the fire is out. Ralph is angry with the hunters because they won’t lose the opportunity to rescue from the island if the hunters paid good attention to guard the fire. When Ralph finds the hunters, he notices that they’ve killed a pig. As the hunters solve the problem of eating, Ralph calms himself down and tries to communicate with Jack, the leader of hunters. Ralph tells Jack that the hunters let the fire go out. Jack, however, is too happy to care what Ralph said about the signal.  It shows Ralph’s logic because only he himself points out that setting up the signal fire is a good way to get the attention of the people who travel through the island. When he realizes that they lose the chance to leave the island and go back to the civilization, the mood of angry overwhelms him, which make him have the impulse to argue with the hunters. However, he controls his anger and communicates with Jack dispassionately when he knows that the hunters make the contribution to the collective. This truth shows that Ralph still has humanity and his mind still keep logical. Later on, Jack suggests that Ralph shouldn’t be chief just because he doesn’t hunt. Ralph remains and tries to determine not to let this savagery overwhelm him, and only briefly does he consider joining Jack’s tribe in order to save himself. Nevertheless, when Ralph hunts a boar for the first time, he experiences the thrill of bloodlust and violence, and he hardly gives up this exhilaration feeling. “Ralph was full of fright and apprehension and pride ‘I hit him! The spear stuck in—“(Golding, pg.113). Ralph was excited because of the hunting, and he even joins Jack’s tribe and plays the hunting game, which the boys pretend Robert as the boar. “Ralph carried away by a sudden thick excitement, grabbed Eric’s spear and jabbed at Robert with it”(Golding, pg. 114). When he attends Jack’s feast, he is swept away by the frenzy, dances on the edge of the group. “Lifting his feet high out of the sand, Ralph started to stroll past”(Golding, pg. 149). While Piggy is yelling and dancing, Ralph and the crowd of boys are laughing at him, and Golding said that “everyone felt cheerful and normal”. Ralph was overwhelmed by the party and he participates in the killing of Simon. These direct knowledge of the evil that exists within him, as within all the boys on the island, is tragic for Ralph. It also drives him into despair for a time as well. Although Ralph is rescued and returned to civilization at the end of the story, he weeps when he sees the naval officer, with the responsibility of his new understanding about the human capacity for evil. William Golding created some impressive characters through the novel, who were gradually become animalistic from civilization, especially the main character Ralph. He had no ability to change the society on the island by himself. As a result, he could only adapt himself to the society, which constrains he loses humanity.

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