Character Analysis Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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The novel "Lord of the Flies", written by William Golding in 1954, is a breathtakingly accurate account of what can happen to human morality when all rules and civilization are removed. In this Specialist Study I will explore the character differences between the two 'groups' on the island.Ralph, the first boy we meet in the novel, is allocated as the "chief" of the boys, and he develops a close relationship with Piggy, a boy who gained his name due to his weight. Piggy is immediately recognized as the voice of the adult world, and is terrified by the idea of having no grown-ups to take charge. He straight away tries to make sense of their chaotic situation,."..I expect we'll want to know all their names...and make a list. We ought to have a meeting..."This underscores Piggy's reliance on law and order, and shows his desperation for his, and the other boys, well-being.When the boy's find the conch shell, Piggy's seizes the opportunity to use it to find the other boys on the island,.".. we can use this to call the others. Have a meeting..."It is here that we meet the opposing group. When the boys start arriving, a group turn up,."..each boy wore a black cap...their bodies...were hidden by black cloaks..."The fact that the boys are wearing black reinforces the thought that they will be the more ferocious of the makeshift community. They are a choir group, and they all follow the commands of their leader, Merridew.It becomes obvious quite quickly that Jack (Merridew) will not get along with Ralph and Piggy. He ridicules Piggy for his weight and awkwardness, but he feels somewhat threatened by Ralph when he is voted as chief,."..'I ought to be chief,' said Jack with simple arrogance, 'because I'm chapter chorister and head boy.'..."This shows his overconfidence, which will later clash majorly with other characters.Later, whilst exploring, Ralph, Jack and Simon (a quiet boy who I will talk more of later) discover a small pig on the trail. Jack makes a feeble attempt to kill the pig, but lets the pig run away. He says that the pig ran away whilst he was choosing a spot to stab it.."..they knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood..."This shows us that Jack's hunting influence hasn't had enough time to over-rule the voice of reason, articulated by Piggy. Although Jack's first attempt to kill the pig failed, we are warned of his attitude later in the book,."..'Next time - !'..."This foreshadows us of his savage hunting.In Chapter two, Ralph calls another meeting. Here, he makes up the rule that whoever is holding the conch gets to speak.."..'I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking'..."This shows that the conch (and Ralph) represent democracy and order. Piggy uses the conch as his own tool of authority, but he is ridiculed by Jack and the hunters,."..'the conch doesn't count on top of the mountain,' said Jack, 'so...

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