A Look into the Soul of a Man Named Ralph
The main character in the book Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is Ralph. Ralph is the chosen leader of the children on the island. He is chosen because he has great leadership qualities. He is also the most intelligent and brave, and he’s a good leader because he is a goodhearted, kind person.
Ralph is a born leader. The stranded boys elect him to lead them for the time until they find a way off the island. “Ralph, Ralph! Let him be chief…” (22) exclaimed one of the boys while deciding on a leader. From the moment the children get to the island, they follow him and listen to what he says.
Ralph is also very brave. “Ralph surprised himself, not so much by the quality of his voice, which was even, but by the bravado of its intentions.” (145) He’s not afraid to go out and explore and go places the other children do not dare to go. His bravery makes him a good leader because it gives the other children confidence to follow behind him and listen to him.
Additionally Ralph is smart and resourceful. He’s a problem solver and can figure out new ways of doing things with the materials he has on an island. As Ralph tells the boys, “There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.” (41) Here, Ralph is showing his intelligence in finding a way for ships to see them and hopefully rescue them from the island.
Lastly, Ralph is goodhearted and kind. He is compassionate and civilized. He values the life of a human being. At the end of the book it says, “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” Even though the other kids didn’t care, Ralph understood what had been done and because of his goodheartedness, he wept.
Ralph is the most well-rounded character in the book. He represents the civilized side of the...