Reading the first chapter, it is clear that the first conflict is when the plane crashes and a group of boys are stranded on an island without any civilization or basic human necessities: Man vs Nature.  The main protagonist, Ralph, is eager to accept the leadership role within the small group of boys, which demonstrates social responsibility as he identifies the problems of being on a remote island, no shelter, no rescue team; and considers potential strategies like building huts and “make[ing] smoke at the top of the mountain [with] a fire” (29).  He tries to form the start of a new civilization, and establishes rules such as the boy holding “the conch [will be] the next person to speak” and that others must listen (25). Ralph is symbolically representing the role of democratic participation in a civilized society, which overall, seems like the first right step.  However, the character’s actions become disagreeable when he refuses to listen to Piggy’s scientific, rational voice but instead, often gives way to Jack, who portrays another strong voice of the group. I can relate to Ralph as it is often the instincts of humans to go with the flow, and follow someone who may outwardly look like a leader, much more when the opposition is somewhat described as a weak character who is centrally bullied by the group.  Ralph’s power and influence over the other boys seem secured at first, but falters when the boys seem more interested in “bathing, or eating, or playing”, free from the rules that adult society have previously imposed on them (38). Another conflict arises when Jack, the oldest of the group, begins to undermine Ralph’s authority and pushes towards other priorities such as hunting; man vs man.  There is clear tension when a ship passes the island and Jack lets “the bloody fire go out”, forgotten amidst his happiness in slaughtering their first pig (51). The characterization of Ralph is appropriate in this scene as he changes his views on Jack.  His actions are agreeable when he “asserted his chieftainship” and stoically conveyed his tempered emotions to the rest of the group (55).