At the beginning of the story, Ralph is a composed, optimistic leader, who has faith that the boys can create a civilized society on the island before they are eventually rescued. Ralph trusts that the boys will follow his directives and does not initially have any concerns about being elected chief. With Piggy's help, Ralph makes a list of priorities and tries his best to organize the group of boys. During assemblies, Ralph gives the boys instructions, creates several rules, and allows Jack to be in charge of the hunters.
As the novel progresses, Ralph notices that the boys have gradually begun dismissing his directives and neglecting their agreed-upon duties. He also becomes aware of Jack's jealousy and antagonistic nature. After the signal fire goes out and the boys miss a rare opportunity to be rescued, Ralph becomes frustrated, angry, and stressed out. Samneric then claim to have witnessed the beast at the top of the mountain, and hysteria quickly spreads throughout the group.
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