"The Lord of the Flies" by W. Golding Choose TWO characters, compare and contrast their thoughts and behavior. Refer to their changes throughout the play and to the way Golding makes them memorable.

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The novel “Lord of the Flies” is carried out by many characters, each with their own personality, and mood swings. Some of these characters are in constant argument throughout the novel. Either way, I am going to focus in the analysis of just two of these controversial characters, Jack and Ralph.

In this exhilarating novel, Ralph, the protagonist, is the portrayer of leadership, organization, but most importantly of civilization. Meanwhile Jack represents all the opposite values, the hunger for power and control over the rest and obviously savagery. These two boys represent the dominant classes, while the littluns are seen as the common people.

At the start of the novel, when Ralph and jack meet for the first time, they, as said on the first answer, are shown as good and evil. Ralph is standing under the rays of the bright, glowing, yellow sun; and jack is found in the dark, mysterious shadow of the forest.

“Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbled along.” Therefore throughout the novel, Ralph is seen as the good boy and jack as the bad boy.

Ralph doesn’t have many drastic changes throughout his time in the island. He always seems as a sensible character, as it was him who came up with the idea of having a chief and building a signal fire for their rescue; he is also a great leader, he knows how important it is to have jack on his side and he also speaks wisely to the rest of the boys, calming their anxiety. “Seems we ought to have a chief to decide things.” “So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.”Ralph thinks it is of great importance to stay civilized, act as a group by helping each other,