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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What quotes from Lord of the Flies support Ralph's desire to leave the island?

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Quotes from *Lord of the Flies* that support Ralph's desire to leave the island include, “Now we come to the most important thing... We want to have fun. And we want to be rescued” (Chapter 2) and, “There was a ship... They might have seen us. We might have gone home” (Chapter 4). These quotes highlight Ralph's focus on rescue, contrasting with Jack's obsession with hunting.

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Though Ralph is sometimes distracted by the glamour of hunting, or by having fun, he fundamentally believes that the most important thing is that the boys have to be rescued from the island.

“This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.”

“Now we come to the most important thing. I’ve been thinking. I was thinking while we were climbing the mountain... This is what I thought. We want to have fun. And we want to be rescued.” (Chapter 2).

And, it's made clear, the beginnings of the tension between Jack and Ralph comes when Jack allows the signal fire to go out. Their polar attitudes can clearly be seen in their opposite objectives: Jack is obsessed with hunting, while Ralph is focussed solely on going home:

“There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out!” [said Ralph] He took a step toward Jack, who turned and faced him.
“They might have seen us. We might have gone home” (Chapter 4)

You could keep listing tens of tens of quotes like this. But Ralph's desire is definitely to get the boys off teh island.

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In Lord of the Flies, what are some quotes that depict Ralph utilizing his survival skills?

There are several scenes throughout the novel where Ralph utilizes his survival skills. In Chapter 2, Jack suggests that they use Piggy's glasses to light the fire. Ralph then takes Piggy's glasses and focuses the sun's heat onto a small area of dry wood. Golding writes,

"Ralph moved the lenses back and forth, this way and that, till a glassy white image of the declining sun lay on a piece of rotten wood. Almost at once a thin trickle of smoke rose up and made him cough" (56).

Starting a fire is an important survival skill that Ralph has mastered.

Another scene throughout the novel that depicts Ralph utilizing his survival skills takes place in Chapter 3. The ability to build a shelter is an important aspect of survival. Ralph, Simon, and the other boys successfully build one shelter together. During an assembly meeting in Chapter 5, Ralph says,

"We all built the first one, four of us the second one, and me 'n Simon build the last one over there" (Golding 112).

In the last chapter of the novel, Ralph is being hunted by the savages. Ralph displays his survival skills by hiding in a thicket close to Castle Rock to avoid detection. Ralph tells Samneric that he thinks Jack will never expect him to hide so close to their base. Golding writes,

"When Ralph had wriggled into this he felt secure, and clever. He sat down carefully among the smashed stems and waited for the hunt to pass" (276).

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What are some quotes from each chapter of Lord of the Flies for Ralph?

Ralph takes on a leadership role in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and there are many quotes throughout the novel that show Ralph's primary characteristics. Let's look at a few to get you started.

The other boys elect Ralph as leader in chapter 1, but Jack is jealous, and Ralph senses problems ahead with regard to this. So Ralph says, "Jack's in charge of the choir." He is delegating authority in an attempt to keep peace.

Yet Ralph also has to make sure that there are rules and that the boys follow them. This is a matter of order, but it is also a matter of survival for these boys who are on their own away from any adult supervision. "We've got to have special people for looking after the fire," Ralph says in chapter 2. "And another thing. We ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that's a meeting." He is trying to establish a way of doing things and make sure that necessary tasks are accomplished.

Unfortunately for Ralph, though, he runs into resistance, especially from Jack and his group. Jack just wants to hunt, and he does not take care of the fire that is meant to provide a signal to passing ships. "Don't you want to be rescued?" Ralph asks Jack in chapter 4.

As the boys become more and more wild and frightened, Ralph tries to guide them away from their fear. "We've got to talk about this fear and decide there's nothing to it," he says in chapter 5. Only then can they deal with what it will take to survive and even be happy.

Things continue to deteriorate, though, and by chapter 10, Ralph is nearly beside himself. Simon is dead, and Ralph knows that he has participated in his death. "I'm frightened," he says. "Of us. I want to go home."

These quotations will give you a start, and they show quite a lot about Ralph's character and priorities.

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