In Lord of the Flies, how does Ralph take responsibilities for his own actions?

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

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Ralph takes responsibility for his own actions as chief of the other boys on island.  In the very beginning, Ralph actively seeks the role of chief, and later, he takes responsibility for that action by treating the job seriously and with dedication.  The reader can tell that Ralph genuinely feels strongly inclined to model good behavior for the other boys in regard to following the rules as well as completing the chores that they had all decided upon.  One such chore was building the huts for protection; Ralph emphasized the importance of having shelters for the littluns.  Then in Chapter 3, the reader sees Ralph following through with this decision by being one of two remaining boys actually building the huts. The littluns are "hopeless.  The older ones aren't much better. D'you see?  All day I've been working with Simon.  No one else.  They're off bathing, or eating, or playing" (50).

Ralph clearly would much rather go play along the beach like the other boys, but he feels committed to take responsibility for his actions; he stays out in the sweltering heat and builds the huts, with only Simon for help. 


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