In the book The Ritual, a very important character is Luke. Luke is very focused on in the book because he is one of four characters but one of the most important ones due to him dealing with the pain and loss of losing his friend Robert during a local store being robed. Luke and Robert go into the store because Luke wants to get more alcohol in his system when they walk in they notice the store clerk is injured on the ground then Luke hides, when Luke goes to hide the robbers come in to see Robert standing there they ask him for his wallet, Ring, and watch. Robert refuses to give away his wedding ring so he his hit in the head with a machete two times left bleeding out on the ground while Luke sat there choosing to not fight to defend his friend. This is something that sticks with Luke through the story, it is a personal struggle for him so throughout the story he tries to build up his courage to redeem himself for letting Robert die. Luke’s role in the story is the leader, in the beginning of the story it is shown Hutch is the leader (not the true leader) when Hutch is killed by the demon Luke takes role and shows his friends he is not a coward and will try to keep everyone alive. Luke is also chosen by the demon to be the one to obey him, during one of Luke’s dreams he has in the forest the demon leaves markings on Luke showing that the demon wants to keep Luke alive over all of Luke’s other friends. Luke’s inner complications actually help him survive giving him motivation to get out of the forest alive and giving him motivation to keep his friends alive or trying. Although he does not keep everyone alive he does escape the forest showing the demon he overcame his problems and that he is stronger than he was before because the demon chose him because Luke was emotionally weak due to the way Robert died and how Luke didn’t help.