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I wish I could think of a great work of art which would represent Ralph in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, but all I can think of is either the statue called "The Thinker" by Rodin (more satiric than realistic) or any version of St. George defeating the dragon, though that is not quite right, either. I do have one poem and two songs which represent some characteristics of Ralph in this novel.
The poem is a familiar one--"If," by Rudyard Kipling. While everything in the poem is not applicable to Ralph, of course, there are portions which seem to fit quite well. The first stanza says:
If you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise.
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
Stood there boldly
Sweatin' in the sun
Felt like a million
Felt like number one
The height of summer
I'd never felt that strong
Like a rock.
Rising up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I'm not going to stop
Just a man and his will to survive.
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