LOTF Character Summary

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Ralph "the boy with fair hair", "delight of a realised ambition overcame
him", physique of a "boxer", "mildness about his mouth and eyes that
proclaimed no devil", has "size and attractive appearance" and "the conch"
which sets him apart as leader, "genuine leadership", "we'll be like animals"
[if they don't follow the conch i.e. democracy]
Piggy "fat boy", "ass-mar", "specs" (physical disabilities, vulnerable)
finds conch, "what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy",
"what's grown-ups going to say?"
Jack "ugly without silliness", talks with "simple arrogance", choir vote
for him with "dreary obedience", "most obvious leader"
Roger evil, 1st described "inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy",
killed Piggy without order, threw rocks at little 'uns, "exercising control
over living things", "illusion of mastery", "Roger's arm was conditioned by a
civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins"
Simon Good; helped Ralph with shelters, got piggy's specs back 1st
"Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential
illness". Misunderstood; "he's batty", "he's cracked", "he's queer, he's funny"
mocked in assemblies, Christ-like: "candle buds", hallucinations - "he knew
one of his times were coming on", wise, quiet, source of hope to Ralph
-prophecises "you'll get back"
ttle `uns generic title of "little `uns", society at large; "reminded of their
personal sorrow...a sorrow that was universal"; "lead a quite distinct, and at
the same time intense, life of their own", "they seldom bothered with the
biguns and their passionately emotional and corporate life was their own"
mneric "But they could never manage to do things sensibly if that
meant acting independently"
Ralph: "bright, excited eyes", "mildness about his...eyes that proclaimed no devil"
Jack: "light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger"
Simon: "eyes so bright they had deceived Ralph into thinking him delightfully gay
and wicked"
Piggy: glasses

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Roger and most of the other boys lose their respect for these forces, and violence, torture, and
murder break out as the savage instinct replaces the instinct for civilization among the group.
2. His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to
them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a
living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.…read more

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Ralph seems to have darker instinctual urges beneath: like the
other boys, he gets swept up by bloodlust during the hunt and the dance afterward. Simon, on
the other hand, displays a goodness and kindness that do not seem to have been forced or
imposed upon him by civilization. Instead, Simon's goodness seems to be innate or to flow
from his connection to nature.…read more


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