The Life And Times Of Erik Essay — страница 2

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their rivalry is when Ralph announces they should vote for a chief. It is obvious that Jack wants to be chief, but Ralph is chosen. The freckles on Jack s face disappeared under a blush of mortification. Jack now feels he must prove himself better than Ralph. The rivalry develops builds tension until Jack and Ralph are on opposing sides, with Ralph standing for civilisation and humanity, and Jack delving into the world of savagery and murder. The gap between them becomes so strained that Jack feels his only option is to kill Ralph. They hate you, Ralph. They re going to do you. (Sam and Eric). Ralph realises he has been outcasted, but does not regret his decision not to follow the others, and he now understands why he has been rejected. Cos I had some sense. Ralph and Jack were

never destined to be great friends, because their conflicting ideas, morals and opinions could only lead them to be rivals. Evidently, we must compare and contrast the characters of Jack and Ralph, so that we may discover and learn from Golding s true insight and significance of the story. Once the reader has discovered the characters similarities and differences it creates an understanding of Ralph and Jack s rivalry, and how it effects the outcome of the novel. Golding intends for these characters to teach us valuable lessons and for them to bring relevance into our lives, and through Ralph and Jack s experiences the novel achieves just that, causing us to rethink our morals and how they effect those around us, as we are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals and others

by their acts. It is important for Golding s readers to remember – What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)