Character Role Analysis
Our narrator might be omniscient, but he definitely has a thing for Ralph. We're closest to Ralph's viewpoint throughout the novel, and we feel the most sympathy for his character. More importantly, he's the only one who changes. (Well, Piggy and Simon might, but they don't make it off the island.) At the end of the novel, he not an innocent little 12-year-old; he's a man weeping for the "darkness of man's hearts" (12.248).