Characters´s Symbolism

                 Lord of the Flies contains numerous characters, all of which are
                   young boys. The most important characters in the novel are listed
                   below, with a short description.


                                      Ralph is twelve years old with blond hair,
                                      and is the most charismatic of the group.
                                      He is described as being built "like a
                                      boxer," and is initially chosen as leader
                                      due to his many positive qualities. He
                                      maintains a conflict with Jack throughout
                                      the entire novel, attempting to keep order
                                      whereas Jack isn't concerned with it.
                                      Ralph and Piggy together represent the
                                      struggle for order and democracy.

                                      Jack is about Ralph's age, with a skinnier
                                      build and red hair. His freckled face is
                                      described as being "ugly without silliness."
                                      From the very beginning, he seems to
                                      harbor emotions of anger and savagery.
                                      At first, he is the leader of his choir group,
                                      who become hunters as the book
                                      progresses. Finally, his savage personality
                                      and ability to tell people wha they want to
                                      hear allows him to overtake Ralph as

                                      Piggy is a short and overweight boy who
                                      wears glasses and represents order and
                                      democracy. He is afflicted with asmtha
                                      and doesn't care to do strenuous work on
                                      the island. He tries very hard to cling to
                                      civilization, and tries his best to keep
                                      peace. While probably the smartest boy
                                      on the island, he lacks any social skills
                                      whatsoever, and has trouble
                                      communicating or fitting in with the others.
                                      His glasses are a very important part of
                                      the book, as they are used over and over
                                      to start fires. Piggy's constant polishing of
                                      them shows his desire for
                                      clear-sightedness and civilization.

                                      Simon is younger than the three boys
                                      above, but older than other littluns. He is
                                      very good and pure, and has the most
                                      positive outlook. He insist multiple times
                                      that they will get rescued, even when
                                      Ralph is strongly doubting the possibility.
                                      Simon often travels into his tranquil spot in
                                      the jungle, but also tries to help out when
                                      it is needed. He meets up with a pig's
                                      head skewered on a stick, which
                                      becomes known as the Lord of the Flies.
                                      Simon is killed soon afterward by all of
                                      the other boys who were caught up in a
                                      savage dance.

                                      A small boy with dirty and shaggy black
                                      hair, Roger represents pure evil and
                                      wrongness, moreso even than Jack. He
                                      has no mercy, and is the first one to
                                      intentionally kill another boy on the island
                                      when he smashed Piggy with a boulder.
                                      He gets sadistic pleasure from torturing a
                                      pig and other boys on the island. Roger is
                                      one of Jack's most loyal helpers, and
                                      gladly carries out his orders.
                  Sam and Eric

                                      Sam and Eric are two young twins who
                                      always travel and do everything together.
                                      Without each other, they are incapable of
                                      very much. They represent reliance and
                                      unity, and because of this become like
                                      one person referred to as Samneric.
                                      While seemingly loyal to Ralph, they
                                      eventually give in to Jack's threats and
                                      join his tribe. While Ralph hoped
                                      otherwise, the twins in the end disclose
                                      Ralph's hiding spot to Jack. The loss of
                                      civilization led them to lose any real sense
                                      of loyalty to others.

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