In the Lord of the flies. How did Ralph's internal conflict? affect the plot of the story? Provide some textual evidence to prove this.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Like many of the other boys on the island in Lord of the Flies, Ralph's main internal conflict derives from his struggle with his animalistic nature.  One of Ralph's lowest points in the entire novel occurs the morning after Simon's death.  Ralph knows that the worst imaginable thing has happened and that he had a hand in it.  He confides to Piggy his fears, and Piggy attempts to rationalize their behavior by insisting that they were scared.  Ralph knows the truth of his actions, however, and acknowledges:  "I wasn't scared [...] I was--I don't know what I was" (156). 

With "loathing, and at the same time a kind of excitement in his voice," Ralph faces the reality of what happened in the circle to Simon (157).  Piggy convinces Ralph not to think about Simon's fate or the dance any longer.  Piggy, ever the voice of reason, helps Ralph work through the temptation of the violence that they experienced the previous night.  This moment in the novel is significant, because it is very likely that without Piggy's assurance and guidance that Ralph would have continued to struggle with his internal conflict and the temptation of savagery and violence on the island.

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