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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Lord of the Flies Ralph Quotes Page 5

Quote #13

Ralph pushed Piggy to one side.

"I was chief, and you were going to do what I said." (4.132-133)

Uh oh. This is basically the equivalent of Ralph saying, "But it's not fair." If you have a sibling, you know how well that works. (Not at all.)

Quote #14

Something deep in Ralph spoke for him.

"I'm chief. I'll go. Don't argue." (6.155)

Notice that Ralph isn't the one agreeing to go look for the beast; it's the chief inside of him. He's a good example of how power can actually make you better. If you know you have people depending on you, and if you take that responsibility seriously, then power can be a positive force.

Quote #15

"Then we must go as we are," said Ralph, "and they won't be any better." Eric made a detaining gesture.

"But they'll be painted! You know how it is."

The others nodded. They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought. (11.63-66)

Check out Golding's almost paradoxical use of "liberation" and "concealing." The paint does both: it liberates the boys by concealing their identities. If you know you won't be recognized, you're a lot more likely to be a total jerk. (Just ask anonymous Internet trolls.)

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