Outer characterization

Ralph is the main character in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. In the opening lines of the novel, he is described as having “fair hair” and wearing a “school sweater” (p. 1). He is apparently a typical British schoolboy: “The fair boy stopped and jerked his stockings with an automatic gesture that made the jungle seem for a moment like the Home Counties.” (p. 1). He is “twelve years and a few months” (p. 5) and he is somewhere between childhood and adolescence: “he might make a boxer, as far as width and heaviness of shoulders went, but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil.” (p. 5) 

By the end of the novel, however, Ralph’s outer characterization has changed: after weeks on the island, his clothes are torn, and his hair is long ...

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