Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What are some items from Ralph’s past that help us understand his personality? So far, I have the conch, a naval ship, and a bar of soap.

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I don't know that I would say the conch is part of Ralph's past, as he and Piggy find it on the island, but it stands as a symbol of beauty and, more importantly, of the belief in shared authority that characterizes Ralph. The other items, a naval ship and soap, are very much a part of Ralph's past and represent order and civilization, which are at the heart of who Ralph is.

We don't learn much about Ralph's past, but the clothes he arrives at the island in become symbols of him, just as Jack 's clothes do. Ralph...

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