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Lord of The Flies Mind Map

Mind Map, or Facebook page, of Ralph from Lord of the Flies

Madi Coulter

on 25 May 2014

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"And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."
Hi, I'm Ralph! I was the first elected chief on our uninhabited island, so you could say I have a natural sense for leadership. I'm one of the oldest boys as well, so I have common sense that some of the littluns don't possess. My best friend, Piggy, came up with the ideas, and I implemented them. A lot of the littluns are scared of this so-called beast, but I think its a superstition, and I use politeness and understanding to calm them down when necessary. The longer we are on the island though, the quicker my capacity of understanding and knowledge break down. I especially have trouble with this after I lost Piggy. I eventually had to play Jack's game and think like a savage while I ran from them. I guess you could say I get discouraged easily when civilization starts to break down. But everyone has their virtues and vices!
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Being Rescued
Keeping up a Signal Fire
Maintaining Civilization
Boys-Read this!
Lives In
Lives in

Uninhabited Tropical Island
Best Wood for Signal Fires
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Get the darkest smoke for your signal fires. You'll be seen in no time!
Lord of the Flies Mind Map
Had fire duty today. What a view!

Motivations and Values
Virtues and Vices
Green- Often used to represent hope. Ralph strives for rescue, and the hope of returning home. All of his actions are driven by the hope that he has and his determination to return home.
Dark Blue-Often used to represent intellect and power. Ralph's first reaction to being stranded is to form a governing body to implement a plan of rescue. He is then elected chief and with Piggy's help they attempt to maintain control and power for the best of the group as a whole.
Conch Shell
The conch shell symbolized order. As chief, this was Ralph's tool to gather all of the boys to call a meeting. Overall, it was the symbol for Ralph because both represent civilization by maintaining order and unity.
Rock Platform
The rock platform represented the governing body and problem solving. At each meeting, the boys would gather at the platform to deal with conflicts. Ralph would lead the meetings and use the opinions of the boys as well as the scientific approach of Piggy to come to the most effective conclusion. This mirrors the governing body they would have been familiar with at home in England.
August 9, 1945
September 7, 1945
January 13 1946
In this quote about Ralph, he has finally realized that savagery exists within us all. This is the final and most drastic change that he goes through throughout the novel. The experiences that the boys have had on the island, such as murder and betrayal, have ruined their innocence. Also, the loss of Piggy solidifies the loss of his childhood as well. The imagery of Ralph, the symbol of civilization, as filthy confirms the loss of civilization on the island. He has gone to fully confident of their survival to all consuming fear for his life.
Lord of the Flies > Simon
Jack > Ralph



three others.
November 29, 1945
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"What are you doing out here all alone? Aren't you afraid of me?...I’m the Beast … You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you?...We are going to have fun on this island!...There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?”
Lord of the Flies
One of Ralph's major conflicts is with the idea of a beast, or the Lord of the Flies. When Simon encounters the Lord of the Flies, it reveals that the beast is within each of the boys; meaning that each person contains the savage behavior that Ralph is trying to fight against.
November 26, 1945
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"And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do. You can't hunt, you can't sing—"
"I'm chief. I was chosen."
"Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don't make any sense—"
Jack is Ralph's physical source of conflict. He represents savagery, which is the exact opposite of what Ralph is trying to accomplish. They both have strong characteristics of leaders, which makes their struggle for power and control over the group even more intense.
September 5, 1945
"If we have a signal going, they'll come and take us off. And another thing, we ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that's a meeting. The same up here as down here"
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August 8, 1945
"There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire."
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Mirror, Mirror
On a Power Trip
Doesn't possess the qualities to lead
Ignorant (to not believe in the beast)
Justifies Reasons for Control
Logical (to not believe in beast)
Hides Fear to Accomplish a Task
This is one of the first commands that Ralph gives as Chief. He realizes the necessity of getting rescued right away and returning to civilization before the boys starve to death. While they are still fresh from civilization, he wants to uphold that and attempt to continue it.
This is a major change in Ralph's attitude towards the majority of the group. Here, he is having to assert himself as the leader and demand that the fire be kept going. He is seeing the decline towards savagery and is starting to lose followers to Jack, and therefore fearing his control and vision of civilization is getting further out of reach. Instead of confidence, he is gaining fear.
Influential -> Inferior

Excitement of Adventure -> Yearning for Familiarity

Beginning -> Maintaining Organization
Cause -> Initial Fear of Being Stranded
Effect -> Rebellion from Boys
End -> Hiding for Survival
Cause -> Savagery of Others, Break Down of Civilization
Effect -> Near Death, In Pursuit
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