Lord of the flies help please. . .What is a resolution to the internal conflict between Ralph and his struggling with being chief and having pressure on him to keep the boys civilized?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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While Ralph struggles to maintain his leadership, he finds himself at an impasse, sitting upon a log and longing to be able to think as Piggy can as he feels that his control is unraveling.  Perhaps, the only resolution to his inner turmoil is that the leadership is usurped from him when Jack and the hunters steal the fire.  From this point in the narrative, Ralph's priority becomes the protection of his life and that of the others with him.

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I'm not sure there is a resolution to Ralph's internal conflict.  #2 is correct in her assessment of Ralph's inner turmoil; when Piggy dies his turmoil actually ends.  At that point, he is spending all his energy fighting for his life rather than fighting to keep things organized and civilized.  That conflict will, no doubt, return when he leaves the island and returns to the "real" world.  While on the island, though, his man vs. self conflict ends when Piggy dies.

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Ralph's internal conflict is present throughout Lord of the Flies.  For most of the novel, Ralph tries desperately to establish and maintain the respect of the other boys on the island, but finds himself losing power to Jack.  Much of the time, Ralph worries about how he will appear as a leader; at one point in the novel, which coincides with the boys' increasingly savage behavior, Ralph actually debates whether or not he should blow the conch and call an assembly.  He fears that if he blows the conch and no one comes, he will have lost his position as an authority figure; on the other hand, though, he fears that if he doesn't call an assembly, order on the island will be completely lost. 

Ultimately, when the naval officers arrive to rescue the boys, Ralph is the one who claims to be the leader on the island.  (Jack begins to step forward when the officer asks who's in charge, but changes his mind and stays back.)  It is not until this point that he is unchallenged by Jack for power.  As the novel closes, Ralph is left weeping about all he's seen and experienced on the island, the innocence he has lost and will never be able to recover, and the loss of his friend Piggy. 

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Ralph's internal conflict is present throughout Lord of the Flies.  For most of the novel, Ralph tries desperately to establish and maintain the respect of the other boys on the island, but finds himself losing power to Jack.  Much of the time, Ralph worries about how he will appear as a leader; at one point in the novel, which coincides with the boys' increasingly savage behavior, Ralph actually debates whether or not he should blow the conch and call an assembly.  He fears that if he blows the conch and no one comes, he will have lost his position as an authority figure; on the other hand, though, he fears that if he doesn't call an assembly, order on the island will be completely lost. 

Ultimately, when the naval officers arrive to rescue the boys, Ralph is the one who claims to be the leader on the island.  (Jack begins to step forward when the officer asks who's in charge, but changes his mind and stays back.)  It is not until this point that he is unchallenged by Jack for power.  As the novel closes, Ralph is left weeping about all he's seen and experienced on the island, the innocence he has lost and will never be able to recover, and the loss of his friend Piggy. 

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