Two separate illustrations of an animal head and a fire on a mountain

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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How do Ralph's first and last views in "Lord of the Flies" differ?

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Ralph's first view is that of joy at the prospect of being in an island paradise without adult supervision. The author goes to great lengths to paint a picture of beauty. Ralph literally beams at his initial realization. Over the course of the story, however, his outlook changes with the diminishing fortunes of the group of boys marooned with him. The weight of leadership, fear, worry, and rescue all take a toll on Ralph's psyche and emotional well-being. Finally, as the story ends, we find Ralph standing on the beach, the island in flames, and him face to face with his rescuer. Tears flow from Ralph's as he's overcome with emotion.

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