Lord of the Flies Important Characters

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In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Jack, Piggy and Ralph play a key role in Golding's literary experiment concerning the nature of man. These three characters demonstrate Golding's theme that a structured society is needed to sustain order and prevent chaos.

Jack's role in the novel shows the extreme extent of the theme and how a society will not work without rules. As Jack continues to slowly take control, Golding uses pathetic fallacy to show how bad things are coming in the future, "the thunder exploded again" (Golding pg.151). Right from the beginning when they boys land on the island, he doesn't believe in everyone being equal or having rules and a democracy, all he wants is the power " 'I ought to be chief' said Jack with simple arrogance 'because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C-sharp.' " (pg.22) Even after constantly being denied, Jack continues to persist and argue against the rules of the island until the society starts to break down.

Under Jack's leadership as a dictator many bad things happen for instance, Simon and Piggy's deaths and the rest of the island's attack on Ralph. "That was murder" (pg.156) said Ralph to Piggy after the boys had attacked Simon the night before.

Meanwhile Piggy is the complete opposite of Jack, he believes in Golding's theme that rules are absolutely important in order to maintain order and prevent chaos. Right from the beginning after Ralph blows the conch; Piggy makes it his responsibility to take everyone's name attempting to have things under control. "Piggy moved among the crowd, asking names and frowning to remember them." (pg.18). During the first part of the novel, Ralph is a strong chief and Piggy is his right hand man. As time passes and...