When "Lord of the Flies" opens, what is Ralph's attitude toward the island?

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Ralph is absolutely delighted to be on the island away from adult authority and it spurs on his ambition: When Piggy tells him there are no grown ups on the island, "The delight of a realized ambition overcame him" (Chap 1). Ralph strips off his clothes, "...pulled off his shirt...undid the snake-clasp of his belt, lugged off his shorts and pants, and stood there naked" (Chap 1). Thus, Golding sets the scene to turn the boys away from civilization, the metaphor of shedding the clothes, and turn toward the primitive. What Ralph doesn't realize in his joy at his newfound freedom without authority is the price of responsibility!

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