Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How does Ralph change throughout the novel Lord of the Flies?

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Initially, Ralph is a hopeful boy, who naively believes that he can establish a civil society on the uninhabited tropical island. As the elected leader, Ralph attempts to install a set of rules and priorities, which he instinctively expects the boys to follow. Unfortunately, Jack begins to publicly disobey Ralph by dismissing his orders in favor of hunting. In addition to dealing with Jack's disobedience, the littluns begin lamenting about the enigmatic beast that inhabits the island. Ralph is initially hopeful that he can convince Jack and his hunters to follow his orders and believes that he can present a rational argument that will ease the littluns' minds. After the boys miss their opportunity for rescue because Samneric join Jack's hunting expedition, Ralph holds an assembly to discuss why the boys are not completing certain tasks and attempts to resolve the issue regarding the beast. Unfortunately, Jack interrupts the meeting, and the hunters leave the assembly before Ralph is done...

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