Lord of the Flies: Characters (William Golding)

Lord of the Flies: Characters (William Golding)

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  • Ralph
  • " 'All this I meant to say. Now I've said it. You voted me for chief. Now you do what I say.' They quieted, slowly, and at last were seated again. Ralph dropped down and spoke in his ordinary voice." (81)
  • Piggy
  • " 'Which is better –to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?' A great clamor rose among the savages. Piggy shouted again. 'Which is better –to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?' " (180)
  • Simon
  • " 'Maybe...maybe there is a beast. ...What I mean is...maybe it's only us.' " (89)
  • Ralph is represented by the conch shell because the conch is a symbol of leadership in the story. Ralph is the group's elected leader and believes in the ways of civilization.
  • Roger
  • Roger edged past the chief, only just avoiding pushing him with his shoulder. The yelling ceased, and Samneric lay looking up in quiet terror. Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority. (182)
  • Piggy is represented by the spectacles because glasses are a symbol of wisdom. Piggy is the group's source of knowledge and wisdom.
  • Jack
  • "He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up. 'I went on. I thought, by myself—' The madness came into his eyes again. 'I thought I might kill.' " (51)
  • Simon is represented by the angel because angels represent goodness and purity. Simon is shown to be a Christ-like figure in his predictions of the future, in his lack of fear of the beast, and in his martyrdom.
  • Samneric
  • Roger is represented by the devil because he represents pure evil. Roger is shown to torment the other boys. At first he is held back by the ways of civilized life. Once Jack and savagery take over, he begins to be more aggressive and evil.
  • Jack is represented by a bloody knife because he represents savagery and violence. He was shown as angry since he was first introduced in the novel. Jack ruled his group like a dictator through fear and anger. He tried to kill Ralph by burning down the island.
  • Silhouettes represent Samneric due to their loss of identity. Sam and Eric represent loss of individuality due to fear. They accept the merged version of their names as a way to fit in. Their dependence on each other grows and they are represented as one person.
  • "They were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication. They breathed together, they grinned together, they were chunky and vital." (19)
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