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Lord of the Flies

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Ralph Reflects on his Filthy State

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Sitting, Ralph was aware of the heat for the first time that day. He pulled distastefully at his grey shirt and wondered whether he might undertake the adventure of washing it. Sitting under what seemed an unusual heat, even for this island, Ralph planned his toilet. He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut this hair - he flung the mass back - cut this filthy hair right back to half an inch. He would like to have a bath, a proper wallow with soap. He passed his tongue experimentally over his teeth and decided that a toothbrush would come in handy too. Then there were his nails.

What might the passage above suggest about Ralph at this point in the novel?

A

Ralph's sudden interest in his appearance and cleanliness suggests that his quest to relight the fire and dispel the rumors of a beast stems from his recognition of the importance of reconnecting with the civilized world soon.

B

After an extended time on the island, Ralph is starting to lose his grip on reality and is hallucinating about how clean and neat he'd like to be.

C

Ralph's musings about his clothes, hair and body suggest that he is now seeing himself more clearly and has gained the adult-like wisdom the group needs so badly.

D

All of the above

E

None of the above