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  • Roger
    • Appearance
      • 'Slight, furtive boy'.
        • 'Furtive' suggests that he is secretive or nervous in some way.
          • 'With an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy'.
            • He does not want to interact with the others.
            • 'Inner intensity' makes him sound threatening.
              • Roger has been conditioned to mask his impulses to hurt others.
                • Being on the island is an opportunity for him to be his true self.
      • Roger's appearance changes as he becomes more savage.
        • 'Made what had seemed at first an unsociable remoteness into something forbidding'.
          • Roger has a dangerous side.
            • 'Inner intensity' makes him sound threatening.
              • Roger has been conditioned to mask his impulses to hurt others.
                • Being on the island is an opportunity for him to be his true self.
          • He is becoming more uncivilised and agressive.
      • 'The shock of black hair, down his nape and low on his forehead, seemed to suit his gloomy face'.
        • 'Gloomy' is negative suggesting that Roger may be a negative influence.
        • Black=death.
        • Like Simon, much of his face is concealed by his hair.
          • However, unlike Simon his secretiveness is intimidating and 'forbidding'.
    • Speech
      • Roger is quiet and doesn't speak much.
        • 'He muttered that his name was Roger and went silent again.'
          • He has no interest in being involved in the society Ralph wants.
        • 'The dark boy, Roger, stirred at last and spoke up'.
        • 'Roger, uncommunicative by nature, said nothing'.
      • When he does speak, people listen to him.
        • "Let's have a vote."
          • He is the first to come up with this idea.
            • He is clever and practical.
        • 'Wielding a nameless authority.'
          • The other boys are intimidated into doing what he wants.
      • "Right up her ass!"
        • He speaks more excitedly when he kills the pig.
          • He is happiest when he is being violent.
      • He seems to become more talkative when Jack is chief.
        • 'He's a proper chief, isn't he?'
        • Jack allows him to be as cruel/savage as he likes/
          • 'Irresponsible authority' of Jack's reign.
    • Behaviour
      • He enjoys tormenting others.
        • In chapter 4 he destroys the sandcastles made by the littluns and throws stones close to Henry.
          • 'Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over'.
          • However he doesn't actually hit him because he knows that society views this as wrong.
            • 'The taboo of the old life'.
              • 'Old life' suggests that Roger is leaving this behind and therefore will abandon the rules from it.
            • 'Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law'.
            • When Ralph and Piggy come to Castle Rock further on in the book, Roger actually aims to hit them when he throws stones.
              • At this point he is savage.
                • 'Ralph was a shock of hair and Piggy a bag of fat'.
                  • He mentally dehumanises them and this makes it easy for him to hurt them.
      • Roger kills Piggy.
        • 'Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever'.
          • 'Delirious' has connotations of insanity, showing that Roger is uncontrollably savage.
        • Along with Piggy, he destroys the conch.
          • 'The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.'
            • Roger is the one who destroys the only remnants of civilisation.
      • He tortures SamnEric to force them to join his tribe.
        • 'Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority.'
    • Opinion of others
      • SamnEric
        • They are afraid of him.
          • 'You don't know Roger. He's a terror.'
          • 'SamnEric lay looking up in quiet terror'.
          • Roger is the one who forces them to join Jack's tribe.
      • Jack
        • Roger fits in well with Jack's dictatorial leadership style.
          • 'He's a proper chief, isn't he?'
        • There is possible rivalry between the two.
          • 'Roger edged past the chief, only just avoiding pushing him with his shoulder'.
          • A 'darker shadow' crosses Roger's face when Jack calls him over.
          • However Jack is intimidated by Roger.
            • 'The hangman's horror clung around him. The chief said no more to him'.
      • Ralph fears Roger.
        • 'Roger sharpened a stick at both ends'.
          • Ralph knows this stick will be used to hunt him.
            • This is also what the hunters did with the pig, suggesting Roger is thinking of putting Ralph's head on a stick too.
              • Ralph is not aware of this though.

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