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How has Ralph changed in Chapter 5?

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mz-100 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 21, 2009 at 1:40 PM via web

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How has Ralph changed in Chapter 5?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 21, 2009 at 1:55 PM (Answer #1)

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In the beginning of William Golding's book "The Lord of the Flies" Ralph was a young boy carefree and excited about the adventure the island had to offer.  He had confidence that the boys on the island would be rescued and that they could work together successfully. In chapter 5 the reader begins to see a more serious side to Ralph emerging.  Ralph does not just want to speak with the boys in an assembly, he has purpose and concern.  He has taken on responsibility and it has started to weigh on him.  He is quizzical about his own deep thoughts which are unfamiliar to him. 

Ralph has had to call the assembly because things on the island seem to be falling apart.  No one has been doing their jobs consistently, and he wants to get things back into some order.  During the assembly Jack also defies Ralph which places more stress on Ralph who is trying to hold things together.

"if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise."(78, Ralph's thoughts)

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 21, 2009 at 6:46 PM (Answer #2)

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In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, Jack begins to change his appraisal of the situation the boys are in, becoming more realistic and pessimistic. In an effort to do something positive to check the downward spiral of the loss of order he notices (in clothing, hair,dress and behavior) he tries to arrange another meeting. Now realising how important it it is, he tries to 'psyche' himself up for the task of bringing the group back into line and routine, but is frustrated with himself because his thoughts are muddled, unlike the clarity of Piggy's thinking (symbolised by the glasses.) Eventually, as yet another meeting in the dark collapses into disorder, he has changed because he realises he is not capable of the task without adult help and finds himself wanting some sort of sign from the world of the adults they have left behind.

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