Character Analysis Of Lord Of The Flies By Willaim Golding

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The title of the book is Lord of the flies the author is a British novelist named William Golding a British he wrote the book during WWII. What Golding aimed to do was explore the dark side of humanity and at what point would we look at each other as enemies. The main characters in the book that stood out the most were Ralph, Jack, Simon, Piggy, Samneric and Rodger. They are the ones who have had the most critical change in the story.

Ralph was the most sensible to me and I related to him on so many levels one of his is main objective was to keep order in the group. Ralph quickly becomes the group's leader being described as tall for his age and handsome, he looks over the other boys ...view middle of the document...

With the boys under the impression that Simon is the beast the group of boys led by Jack murder him in a fear and panic. Golding suggests that Simon is a Christ-figure this is hinted by his name, which means "he whom God has heard," indicates the depth of his spirituality to the novel.

Piggy although he cannot commit to physical labor due to asthma, he is the more intellectual boys on the island. Piggy is an outsider among the other boys and don’t accept him, until they discover that his glasses can be used to ignite fires. Piggy's intellectual talent forms a bond with Ralph in particular, who comes to admire and respect him for his loyalty and focus on their rescue from the island. Piggy is dedicated to the ideal of civilization and consistently scolds the other boys for behaving like savages. His bickering and clashing with the group ends when Roger murders Piggy by dropping a rock on him, an act that signals brute, primal instinct over civilized order. Piggy represents civilized instinct same as Ralph. Although Piggy’s name is never revealed Jack is the one who gave him the nickname maybe hinting his bloodlust for boar on the island.

Sam and Eric are identical twins who do everything together. They resemble each other to the point where that the other boys confuse them so the group uses just one name to refer to both of them. The twins prove to be less influenced by fear of the beast or Jack than any of the other boys, maybe because twins are less alone than anyone in the group. The twins represent individuality in human behavior.

Rodger is one of the more quiet members of Jack’s group. He first seems to be a mysterious, quiet boy who seems to hide himself from the others. But as the remaining walls of civilization begin to break down on the island, Roger begins to reveal himself, first by throwing rocks at the younger kids and then by killing a pig more viciously than necessary, finally by rolling a boulder down on Piggy that resulted in his death. He represents the suppressed desire to cause pain.

The story takes place on a uninhabited tropical island and the time period is in the 1950s references were made in the book which led me to believe that is was during the beginning of the cold war the kids were being evacuated in a British plane during the height of a atomic war. When the “reds” meaning Soviet Union bombed their plane. My summary...

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