While it appears evil triumphs in the end, give examples including quotes where goodness does exist in the novel (3 ex for Ralph and 3 for Piggy).

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  • Ralph wants to build the fire in order for everyone to have light, warmth, and a chance at rescue. “There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.”
  • Ralph attempts to build shelters for everyone. He wants them for their obvious purpose-protection from the elements- but he also wants them to protect the littluns from "the beastie." “If it rains like when we dropped in we’ll need shelters all right. And then another thing. We need shelters because of the—”
  • Ralph weeps for Piggy at the end. This may seem like a pointless action, but it shows that Ralph still has kindness and compassion for others. "And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."
  • Piggy comes up with the idea of the conch and calling a meeting. He also wants to count all the boys to have their names and a list. He desires order on the island. "Piggy moved among the crowd, asking names and frowning to remember them. The children gave him the same simple obedience that they had given to the men with megaphones."
  • Piggy tries to keep everyone focused on the idea of rescue. He knows that if they stop thinking about it, they'll eventually forget its importance. “How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?”
  • Piggy provides a "feast" of fruit for the boys. Due to their unusual circumstances, the boys in this group cannot hunt, but they have thought of building a fire right near their own shelters, & they feel the need to celebrate. Piggy and Samneric sneak away while Ralph drifts in his own thoughts, then return with a surprise.

    He came to himself with a jolt. Piggy and the other two were by him. They were laden with fruit.
    “I thought perhaps,” said Piggy, “we ought to have a feast, kind of.”
    The three boys sat down. They had a great mass of the fruit with them and all of it properly ripe. They grinned at Ralph as he took some and began to eat.
    “Thanks,” he said. Then with an accent of pleased surprise—“Thanks!”

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Lord of the Flies

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