What does Ralph's daydream communicate about his feelings and character in Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Ralph's daydreams, especially the one where he imagines himself back at the "cottage on the edge of the moors," conveys a deep-seated longing for home (112).  Unlike Jack who has totally immersed himself in island life, Ralph wants to return home to a simpler existence with his parents, to return to a place where he is taken care of, a place free from worry. 

He imagines going to bed and having "a bowl of cornflakes with sugar and cream" where "everything was all right; everything was good-humored and friendly" (112).  Ralph's daydream speaks of peace and tranquility; Golding uses this moment to solidfy Ralph not only as a warm character, but also to remind the reader of Ralph's childhood and innocent life before the island.