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