"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.

Essay by jamietham89Elementary School, 1st gradeC+, June 2004

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After reading multiple books for the Reading program I decided to analyse in greater detail regarding the topic of how novels use conventions of their form to construct character. The two books I decided to talk about was "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding and

The book Lord of the Flies is about a group of British children aged 6 - 12 that are stranded on an island. When the boys first landed in the idyllic setting of a rainforest-like island everything is calm and all the children withhold a child-like innocence. As time passes and the hope of rescue is abandoned the once orderly group is split into the Hunters and the former group. Savagery is than expressed throughout the hunter group and two children are killed before they are rescued by passing naval ships.

The main characters in Lord of the Flies are Ralph, Piggy, Simon, Jack and Roger.

Their characters are built throughout the story with the use of scenes and their actions such as when they first land where Ralph instantly takes leadership due to his new found item, "the conch" and where Ralph has recurring conflicts with Jack regarding the need to light a fire to enable ships to rescue them or hunt for wild boars as a food source.

The characters are also built upon symbolism. Piggy is a short and overweight boy whom wears glasses which in this case symbolises intelligence and social order and his friend Ralph possesses the conch. The conch is used throughout the book as a symbol to create order and democracy. During a conflict the conch shell is smashed showing the destruction of order and the beginning of savagery.

Jack and his sidekick Roger are part of the Hunter group and they represent anarchy, savagery...