In the final chapter of Lord of the Flies, Ralph responds to the officer's question, declaring that he is the boss.
While running from Jack and his savage followers, Ralph falls on the beach. When he lifts his head, he is surprised to see a naval officer, who tells him that his ship arrived on the beach after seeing the large fire.
The officer asks the boys who the boss of the group is, and without hesitation, Ralph tells the officer he is the group’s leader.
Ralph has taken his role as chief seriously since his election on the boys’ first day on the island. Even though he lost his power to Jack, Ralph still feels responsible for the boys, as well as for everything that has come to pass on the island. For these reasons, he accepts responsibility by telling the officer that he is the group’s leader.