Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is about a group of British school boys stranded on a deserted island. Without adults, the boys must fend for themselves. They live without adults to provide for them or the structure of a civilized society to guide and curb their actions. On the first page of chapter 1 (page 6), the reader is introduced to Ralph, one of the main characters in the book.
He is described as “The boy with fair hair.” He also seems fairly nimble and perhaps athletic, as on the same page the reader learns that he “lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.” Moreover, he is also the first boy to swim and he seems agile. “Ralph did a surface dive and swam under water with his eyes open” (page 15).
Ralph also takes the initiative. Piggy asks him about the island and he replies, “I climbed a rock… and I think this is an island” (page 16). While he is still a boy at the beginning of the novel, giggling when Piggy...
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