Characters Of Lord Of The Flies

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The characters of Lord of the Flies and their actions symbolize many things in reality. Most characters have a counterpart such as Ralph and Jack, Piggy and Roger, and Simon.
Ralph symbolizes a civil leader. He repetitively calls meeting to attempt to restore order and to figure out a way to get rescued. An example of Ralph’s leadership is when he says "this meeting must not be fun, but business" (Pg. 76); this shows leadership because he is urgent to get rescued instead of having only fun and no organization and order. Another example of a civil leader is when Ralph says to explore the island. This is seen when Ralph says "if this isn't an island we might be rescued straight away. So ...view middle of the document...

167). Jack is a violent character who grows more violent the longer he is separated from society.
Piggy represents a rational thinker. This is shown when Piggy suggested that “we could make a sundial by putting a stick in the sand" (Pg. 64) to know what time of day it is. When Piggy told the other boys that if they keep the fire burning at the rate it was, the whole island would burn down. This was justified when the island starts burning and Piggy says "now you been and set the whole island on fire, won't we look funny if the whole island burns up" (Pg. 45). Piggy’s forethinking and assuming a possible outcome shows that Piggy is a rational thinker. When Piggy says "which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up" (Pg. 180), in other words was telling that it is better to be civilized than atavistic, which reflects the intellectualism that he possesses. Piggy is a character who although is the most rational thinker, is abused by the group of boys on the island because of his appearance and problems such as his glasses and asthma.
Roger is a character that symbolizes an evil, or an evil henchman. An example of his evil is when he “gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them" (Pg. 62) at other boys in the book. As Roger is kept from society, his behavior changes vastly; he becomes more violent and uncontrolled. Roger seemed to enjoy shoving a stick “right up [a] pigs ass” (Pg. 135), an example of his evil and his changing behavior. Another example of his behavior change is how he first threw rocks at the littluns and missed purposely, but later he took it up a step and began to throw it at helpless animals, like the pigs he and the other hunters hunt,...

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