Ralph Analyzation from "Lord of the Flies"

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In Lord of the Flies, Ralph is portrayed as the protagonist in the story and Jack is the antagonist. Ralph starts out as the “leader” of the group of boys in the beginning of the novel before their civilization begins to collapse. By the end of the story Ralph is nothing more than prey to Jack and his hunters. Jack is the main reason that the boys commit such barbaric actions. By the end, the reader has witnessed the true lengths mans’ instincts could reach and the evil that is hidden in every person.
In the beginning, the first thing that they do is set up a form of government. A leader is elected and the winner is Ralph. This system of keeping order lasts for a while but not long after rules begin to be broken. For instance, the rule of the conch says that who ever holds it, and only who holds it, is permitted to speak during a meeting. This rule is constantly broken, and is eventually forgotten about when Jack says, “Conch! Conch! We don’t need the conch anymore” (101-102). Later in the novel Jack and his hunters separate and create their own group apart from the original group of boys. This is the turning point in the story where it begins to get out of control. Ralph begins to lose power as the boys from his group begin to join Jack and his hunters. Savagery emerges when Simon is murdered and carries on to the end of the book, where the reader sees Piggy receive similar treatment. Jack pressures the boys to join him and eventually turns them to wild animals.
Jack’s pressure on the boys triggers a domino effect that eventually transforms the “boys” to “savages”. He offers bribes of meat from his hunts and the whole idea of no order seems like fun to the young ones. The thought of the “beastie” also contributes to the chaos in there operation. It is one of the primary reasons Simon is trampled to death. Its scares the younger boys and Jack saying he will defeat it provides a sense of protection when he says “[it is] a hunter’s job” (102), drawing them

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