Ralph emerges as a leader in the initial hours of the boys landing on the beach, and courage is a necessary personality trait among leaders. We see Ralph's courage in various places throughout the plot. For instance, consider the following passage:
The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise. And then the occasion slipped by so that you had to grab at a decision. This made you think; because thought was a valuable thing, that got results . . .
Only, decided Ralph as he faced the chief's seat, I can't think. Not like Piggy.
It takes courage to acknowledge personal shortcomings. Though elected as leader of the group, a position he struggles to hold on to, Ralph realizes that he isn't the quickest thinker of the group. He doesn't have the insight that Piggy does. He also sees that the group needs his leadership (as they will never accept Piggy as a leader) and courageously decides to keep insisting they respect him.
Ralph constantly tries to hold on to a sense of...
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