Ralph is described early on as being an attractive boy with sandy hair and the build of an athlete. His initial reaction to being on the island is one of excitement. He does not seem overly concerned about there not being any grown-ups and in fact continuously does headstands to express his joy concerning this. A little later on, h's excitement doesn't necessarily relinquish, but he does become concerned about organizing some sort of societal structure (this is mostly brought on by the finding of the conch and by Piggy urging him to take charge). Ralph is soon elected leader of the group.