What are three songs that the character Ralph would most likely enjoy or relate to from the book Lord of the Flies?

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poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'd argue that if Ralph were a modern-day kid, he would listen to:

  • "Energy" by Drake: As the leader of the group, Ralph is persistently facing the dissent of Jack, who is determined to undermine him whenever the opportunity presents itself. I think Ralph would relate to what Drake says when he raps, "I got enemies, got a lotta enemies / Got a lotta people tryna drain me of my energy."
  • Lorde's cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (originally sung by Tears for Fears): Again, Ralph faces a constant power struggle with Jack. In the little "world" of their private island, Ralph must learn that "nothing ever lasts forever"—including his reign as the leader.
  • "Kill Your Heroes" by AWOLNATION: This song addresses the necessity of not becoming attached to doing things a certain "way." Ralph has to face a lot of curveballs in his leadership, including the realization that you should "Never let your fear decide your fight." This lyric reminds me of the descent into savagery that the boys experience as they abandon their fear (and humanity) and become comfortable with hunting each other.
mkcapen1 | Student

In the book The Lord of the Flies Ralph is a natural born leader who is the more reputable of the two leaders.  He is in constant competition from Jack  who wants to gain control over the group of young boys.  In addition, Ralph finds himself facing the savage behavior of Jack and his followers.

I would start out with the Rolling Stones "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."  This song relates to Ralph because when he is first trying to get everyone organized on the island, he can not get help to build the huts or anyone to consistently keep the fire buring.

The next song would be Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bad Moon Rising."  The reason is that bad things start to rise out of Jack's corner of the island as Jack becomes the self-ordained leader.  In addition, Simon gets killed at the hands of the boys after they were dancing fanatically around the fire.

The third song would be Bob Dylan's "Blowin in the Wind. " "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowin in the wind."

By the time the military vessel arrives to rescue Ralph the boy is in near shock.  He can not even begin to tell what had happened. 

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