"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. Character analysis, protagonist vs antagonist, parallel structures...

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Lord of The Flies Essay

In Lord of the Flies, the first character we meet is Ralph. He's the most handsome one there and has the best stature.

"The boy with fair hair... He was old enough, twelve years and a few months, to have lost the prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence to have made him awkward. You could see now that he might make a boxer, as far as width and height went, but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes..." [Golding-1; 10]

Then we meet Jack, Jack is the only one who is of the same stature as Ralph but with some differences.

"Inside the floating cloak he was tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without stillness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to, to anger."


In the beginning of the book, when Ralph and Jack first meet, they seem like the best of friends. But even the best of friend can have their problems. To me it seemed like the classic tale of when on friend is overshadowed by the other. This was Jack, who wasn't as handsome as Ralph and tried to make up for it by being meaner to the other boys to show power. Ralph is a symbolism of civilization, government, and common sense. While Jack, grows more and more vulgar, angry, and more savage-like. Jack becomes the leader of the rebellion against Ralph.

The Protagonist of the story is Ralph. He was elected initial leader of the boys and tries to be coherent and fair. He tries to keep the boys in check and plans for ways to get rescued.