How does Ralph change throughout Lord of the Flies?

At the beginning of Lord of the Flies, Ralph is optimistic, naive, and confident. As the boys begin to neglect their duties and ignore his authority, Ralph grows frustrated and angry, and he loses hope and begins to turn towards savagery like the others. In the end, Ralph is scared and recognizes the "darkness in man's heart."

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At the beginning of the story, Ralph is a relatively optimistic, naive child who believes that the boys will be able to create a civilized society on the uninhabited tropical island. After being elected chief, Ralph has faith that the group will obey his directives and that he will be able to maintain order. As the novel progresses, Ralph discovers that Jack resents him and is gradually attempting to undermine his authority while the boys begin to neglect their duties. Ralph then begins to lose hope when the majority of boys refuse to help build the shelters on the beach or follow simple instructions that would help cultivate a civilized society. In chapter 4, Ralph becomes infuriated and discouraged when they miss a rare opportunity to be rescued by a passing ship because Jack allowed his hunters to neglect the signal fire. In the next chapter, Ralph holds an assembly and attempts to address the numerous issues among the boys.

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