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Lord of the Flies Character List

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Ralph

The protagonist of the story, Ralph is one of the oldest young boys on the island. He quickly becomes the group’s leader. Golding explains Ralph as high for his age and good-looking, and he commands the other kids with a natural sense of authority. Although he lacks Piggy’s overt intelligence, Ralph is calm and logical, with sound judgment and a strong ethical perceptiveness. But he is vulnerable to the same instinctive influences that affect the other boys, as shown by his contribution to Simon’s death. Nonetheless, Ralph remains the most civilized character throughout the book. With his strong dedication to justice and equality, Ralph represents the political tradition of liberal democracy.

Piggy

Although pudgy, uncomfortable, and averse to physical labor due to the fact that he suffers from asthma, Piggy– who dislikes his label– is the intellectual on the island. Though he is an outsider among the other young boys, Piggy is eventually accepted by them, albeit grudgingly, when they discover that his glasses can be utilized to fire up fires. Piggy’s intellectual talent endears him to Ralph in particular, who pertains to admire and respect him for his clear focus on protecting their rescue from the island. Piggy is committed to the suitable of civilization and consistently reprimands the other kids for acting as savages. His continual clashes with the group culminate when Roger murders Piggy by dropping a rock on him, an act that indicates the victory of brute instinct over civilized order. Intellectual, delicate, and conscientious, Piggy represents culture within the democratic system embodied by Ralph. Piggy’s label symbolically connects him to the pigs on the island, who quickly become the targets of Jack’s and his hunters’ bloodlust– an association that foreshadows his murder.

Jack Merridew

The leader of a boys’ choir, Jack exemplifies militarism as it verges on authoritarianism. He is cruel and sadistic, preoccupied with searching and eliminating pigs. His sadism magnifies throughout the novel, and he ultimately turns cruelly on the other young boys. Jack feigns an interest in the rules of order developed on the island, but just if they enable him to cause penalty. Jack represents anarchy. His rejection of Ralph’s imposed order– and the bloody outcomes of this act– suggest the threat intrinsic in an anarchic system based just on self-interest.

Simon

The most introspective character in the unique, Simon has a deep affinity with nature and often walks alone in the jungle. While Piggy represents the cultural and Ralph the political and ethical elements of civilization, Simon represents the spiritual side of human nature. Like Piggy, Simon is a castaway: the other boys think of him as odd and perhaps outrageous. It is Simon who discovers the beast. When he tries to tell the group that it is only a dead pilot, the young boys, under the impression that he is the monster, murder him in a panic. Golding often suggests that Simon is a Christ-figure whose death is a kind of martyrdom. His name, which indicates “he whom God has actually heard,” suggests the depth of his spirituality and midpoint to the novel’s Judeo-Christian allegory.

Sam and Eric

The twins are the only young boys who stay with Ralph and Piggy to tend to the fire after the others abandon Ralph for Jack’s tribe. The others consider the 2 boys as a single individual, and Golding protects this perception by integrating their individual names into one (“Samneric”). Here one might find suggestions about individualism and human uniqueness.

Roger

Among the hunters and the guard at the castle rock fortress, Roger is Jack’s equivalent in cruelty. Even before the hunters degenerate into savagery, Roger is boorish and crude, kicking down sand castles and tossing sand at others. After the other young boys lose all concept of civilization, it is Roger who murders Piggy.

Maurice

Throughout the hunters’ “Eliminate the pig” chant, Maurice, who is one of Jack’s hunters, pretends to be a pig while the others pretend to slaughter him. When the hunters kill a pig, Jack smears blood on Maurice’s face. Maurice represents the mindless masses.

Percival

One of the smallest boys on the island, Percival often tries to comfort himself by duplicating his name and address as a memory of house life. He ends up being increasingly hysterical over the course of the novel and requires comforting by the older boys. Percival represents the domestic or familial elements of civilization; his failure to bear in mind his name and address upon the boys’ rescue shows the disintegration of domestic impulse with the reversing of democratic order. Note likewise that in the literary custom, Percival was among the Knights of the Round Table who went in search of the Holy Grail.

The Monster

A dead pilot whom Simon discovers in the forest. The other young boys error him as a wicked supernatural prophecy, “The Beast.” They try to appease his spirit with The Lord of the Flies.

The Lord of the Flies

The pig’s head that Jack impales on a stick as an offering to “The Beast.” The boys call the offering “The Lord of the Flies,” which in Judeo-Christian folklore refers to Beelzebub, a version of Satan. In the unique, The Lord of the Flies operates totemically; it represents the savagery and amorality of Jack’s people.

Naval Officer

The marine officer appears in the final scene of the unique, when Ralph encounters him on the beach. He tells Ralph that his ship chose to examine the island upon seeing a lot of smoke (the result of the forest fire that Jack and his people had actually embeded in the hopes of driving Ralph out of hiding). His naivete about the boys’ violent conflict– he believes they are playing a game– highlights the disaster of the situation on the island. His status as a soldier reminds the reader that the young boys’ habits is simply a more primitive type of the aggressive and often deadly conflicts that characterize adult civilization.

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