Character Analysis - Lord of the flies by William Golding

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The novel "Lord of the Flies", written by William Golding in 1954, is a breathtakingly accurate account of what can happen to human morality when all rules and civilization are removed. In this Specialist Study I will explore the character differences between the two 'groups' on the island.

Ralph, the first boy we meet in the novel, is allocated as the "chief" of the boys, and he develops a close relationship with Piggy, a boy who gained his name due to his weight. Piggy is immediately recognized as the voice of the adult world, and is terrified by the idea of having no grown-ups to take charge. He straight away tries to make sense of their chaotic situation,."..I expect we'll want to know all their names...and make a list. We ought to have a meeting..."This underscores Piggy's reliance on law and order, and shows his desperation for his, and the other boys, well-being.

When the boy's find the conch shell, Piggy's seizes the opportunity to use it to find the other boys on the island,.".. we can use this to call the others. Have a meeting..."It is here that we meet the opposing group. When the boys start arriving, a group turn up,."..each boy wore a black cap...their bodies...were hidden by black cloaks..."The fact that the boys are wearing black reinforces the thought that they will be the more ferocious of the makeshift community. They are a choir group, and they all follow the commands of their leader, Merridew.

It becomes obvious quite quickly that Jack (Merridew) will not get along with Ralph and Piggy. He ridicules Piggy for his weight and awkwardness, but he feels somewhat threatened by Ralph when he is voted as chief,."..'I ought to be chief,' said Jack with simple arrogance, 'because I'm chapter chorister and...