He is a strong and healthy child who is nimble to clamber heavily among the thick vegetation and the heavy rocks of the island. The election of Ralph as the chief undoubtedly emphasizes the boys' innocence because this action shows their urgent craving for establishing an island society based on the rules of democracy and civilization.
But Golding does not portray this loss of innocence as something that is done to the children; rather, it results naturally from their increasing openness to the innate evil and savagery that has always existed within them.
At the moment of the elections, all the children are still in the realms of innocence since their benevolent and righteous behavior let them observe Ralph as the indicated leader for their new society. Ralph is conceived as an intelligent boy with the natural inclination to do charitable acts for those around him and, as he holds the conch, he is considered as a chief who will rule with optimal principles of democracy as he pertains the interests and the participation of all the children.
Lamentably, in his haste to defend Piggy, he lets everybody know what the overweight boy's nickname is, and this suggests that, although Ralph has started to change, he is still quiet inexperienced to deal with serious affairs.
Jentoft, S. When they say, "We're all drifting and things are going rotten. Aren't you afraid of me? The presence of a naval officer that has come for rescue is the only lawful figure that can stop the boys from their merciless human hunt.