Lord of the Flies Characters

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Lord of the Flies Characters


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OSCAR Character Analysis
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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

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For this character map, try using “OSCAR” so students can analyze multiple aspects of a character through direct and indirect characterization.

Lord of the Flies Characters


The main protagonist and one of the oldest boys. He naturally tries to bring order to the island. He symbolizes society and the need for civilization.


The leader of the hunter group who symbolizes chaos.


Ralph's sidekick who represents science and logic. He wants to help maintain order. However, the other boys tease him and don't respect him. He is killed when Roger rolls a boulder on him.


He represents morality and doesn't fall victim to the evil inside us all. He has a conversation with the 'lord of the flies' and dies soon after.


A cruel sociopath who is Jack's second-in-command. He rolls the boulder onto Piggy, killing him.

Direct and Indirect Characterization Example for Piggy

Other Character's Comments

What do other characters say about the character?
  • "You're talking too much. Shut up Fatty." - Jack
  • "Sucks to your assmar!" - Ralph
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    What does the character say about others or themselves? How can we infer meaning and traits from what a character says?
    "...on account of my asthma"
    Physical Characteristics

    What does the character look like? What descriptive words are used to describe them?
    Heavy, wears glasses, is very intelligent and innovative.
    Author's Attitude

    How does the author feel about this character?
    In the beginning of the novel, the author refers to him as the 'fat boy' with 'spectacles' - showing an attitude of partial respect and slight disdain.
    Reader's Reaction

    How do you, as the reader, feel about the character?
    The way he is treated in the book is upsetting. He only wants what is best for everyone, even if he is annoying about it.

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    Student Instructions

    Create a character map for the major characters.

    1. Identify the major characters in Lord of the Flies and type their names into the different title boxes.
    2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the literary characters.
      • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
    3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
    4. Fill in the Textables for OSCAR: Other Character's Comments, Character's Speech, Physical Characteristics, Author's Attitude, and Reader's Reaction.
    5. Save and submit the assignment.


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