Ralph is depicted as a handsome, athletic adolescent, who is elected to be the leader of the boys on the uninhabited tropical island. Ralph is a rather conservative boy and is a proponent of civilization. He is also a charismatic, sympathetic individual, who assumes the leadership role and does his best to cultivate a civil society. Despite his efforts, the boys gradually descend into savagery and choose to follow Jack. Ralph does his best to challenge Jack and continually argues with him when he neglects to follow the agreed-upon tasks, interrupts assemblies, and threatens the other boys. Ralph courageously defends Piggy and the littluns but struggles with his confidence as conditions on the island rapidly deteriorate. Despite his failure to establish a civil society, Ralph bravely challenges Jack and demonstrates his natural leadership skills by accepting responsibility and protecting defenseless boys like Piggy. Overall, Ralph is a reliable, hard-working boy, who possesses natural leadership skills and courageously faces challenges head-on. He does not back down to Jack and reveals his determination to stay alive by avoiding Jack's band of savages toward the end of the novel.