Friendship in "Lord of the Flies". It describes the characters and the friendships that evolved.

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Friendship in Lord of the Flies

In the novel, Lord of the Flies, the children had many disagreements. There were

several arguments, and the boys even had a war against the original leader, Ralph.

Seemingly, Jack and Ralph are friends in the beginning, but end up being enemies in the

end. Piggy and Ralph were not friends in the beginning, but a friendship eventually

developed later in the novel. Roger and Jack were also friends because they were both

savages and wanted to kill.

Jack and Ralph were quick to be friends in the beginning. They got along well

and were both adventurous. They also both wanted to be chief, even though only one

was chosen. Their need to be leader is what made them become enemies, even though

Jack did have control over the choir, or "hunters". Jack became obsessed with hunting

pigs and did not do his job of keeping the signal fire going.

The fire was their only

chance of ever being rescued and Jack chose to find meat instead. Ralph was furious

when he saw a ship far in the distance and they could not see them because there was no

fire. After this is when Jack really became a savage and even formed his own tribe. This

tribe stole Piggy's glasses during the night so they could have fire. The glasses were the

only way to make fire. They also started a fight and all of the boys were in a huge brawl.

Jack, Roger, and the rest of his tribe were against Ralph, Piggy, and, Sam and Eric. In

the end they even had a war against Ralph and were chasing him around the jungle trying

it kill him. All of this occurred because Jack could not stand Ralph being chief. They

ended up being enemies and Jack did not even realize how evil he had become.

Another friendship that formed was between Ralph and Piggy. In the beginning

Ralph had no respect for him and would not listen to what he had to say. Whenever

Piggy tried to tell him something he would just tell him to, "shut up". But when they

were the only ones left not in Jack's tribe, they slowly became friends. They had to stick

together if they wanted to survive on the island. Ralph finally realized that Piggy was

actually very intelligent and had good ideas. He gained respect for him and stuck up for

him when Jack, or anyone else, made fun of him. Especially when the tribe stole his

glasses. Ralph went over to them and demanded that they give back the glasses. And

even though they did not get them back, it was the gesture of him trying that really

mattered. He truly cared about Piggy and his feelings.

Jack and Roger were also friends. They both had one thing in common-

savagery. They both had the urge to kill and fight. Roger was one of Jack's hunters and

was just as devoted to hunting as Jack was. Roger followed his lead in everything he did:

painting his face, killing the pig, and dancing around the fire doing their "dance". Jack

had complete control over his hunters and they did whatever he told them to. When they

were chasing Ralph in the end, they had special sounds they made when one of them

spotted Ralph. They all stuck together and were against Ralph. Not one of them cared

when Simon, or Piggy died. Jack and his tribe became so evil, and did not even realize

how wrong what they were doing was.

Jack and Ralph are a good example of a brief friendship on the island.

They were friends for a short time in the beginning of the novel, but soon became

enemies. Some friendships did last though. Ralph and Piggy formed a trusting

friendship when they were left on their own to survive. They stayed friends until Piggy

got hit with the boulder and died. Other friendships that were formed were based on pure

savagery. Roger and Jack both hated Ralph and did everything they could to try and kill

him. They were both devoted to hunting and killing. But even through all of this evil

and hate, friendships were formed. Some lasting throughout the whole book, and others

only lasting only for a short time.