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
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.