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Ralph and Piggy meet on the beach, having survived the crash. They introduce themselves, and then
enjoy swimming in a lagoon. The island seems a magical place.
Piggy finds a large conch. Ralph blows it like a trumpet, and all the other boys who survived flock
around. One group arrives in choir uniforms, led by Jack. The boys elect Ralph as their chief, so Ralph
asks Jack to be leader of the choir, who will take the job of hunters. Piggy takes names.…read more

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Chapter 6- Beast from Air:
Ironically, that sign appears: late that night, a parachutist's body lands on the island, the victim of an
aerial battle. Sam and Eric, tending the fire, see the body and believe it to be the beast.
Jack volunteers to lead an expedition to find the beast. After a dispute about whether the signal fire
or finding the beast is more important, they set out to the far rocks, the only unexplored place on the
island.…read more

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The parachutist's dead body is lifted out to sea by the wind and Simon's dead body gently drifts
away from the beach.
Chapter 10- The Shell and the Glasses:
Piggy and Ralph discuss the events of the previous night without actually mentioning Simon's death,
which shows how anxious they are about what happened.
Jack is now a real chief, with a painted face and a tribe of 'savages'. He beats those he's angry with
and wields full control.…read more

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Lord of the Flies
Fair hair and very tall athletic, charismatic protagonist of Lord of the Flies.
Primary representative of order, civilization, and productive leadership in the novel.
Has an attractive appearance, which suggests attractive character too. "You could see he
might make a boxer, as far as width and heaviness in the shoulders went, but there was a
mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil.…read more

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While most of the other boys initially are concerned with playing, having fun, and avoiding
work, Ralph sets about building huts and thinking of ways to maximize their chances of being
For this reason, Ralph's power and influence over the other boys are secure at the beginning
of the novel.
Ralph's commitment to civilization & morality is strong, & his main wish is to be rescued and
returned to the society of adults.…read more

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Strong-willed, egomaniacal Jack is the novel's primary representative of the instinct of
savagery, violence, and the desire for power.
The novel's antagonist, one of the older boys stranded on the island.
Jack is the leader of the choir. He was the chapter chorister, can sing C sharp, and was the
head boy at school.
He has red hair and is tall, thin and bony."His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly
without silliness".…read more

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Ralph's "lieutenant." A whiny, intellectual boy, whose inventiveness frequently leads to
innovation, such as the makeshift sundial that the boys use to tell time.
Represents the scientific, rational side of civilization of the adult world.
He's the superego, the part of man's personality which attempts to act according to an
absolute set of standards.
Has physical disadvantages because he is fat and asthmatic and is short sighted. Without his
glasses, everything becomes a blur and he's vulnerable.…read more

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Simon, he's in his choir robes. He faints on the beach because of the heat
and Jack mocks him. We know he is delicate. He has epilepsy.
Described by Golding as one of the in-between boys-- a "skinny, vivid little boy" with "with
a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and course".
His hair hides his face, which hints to us he is secretive.
He is imaginative: he sees the buds on the bushes as "Like candles.…read more

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When first seen, he's described as "slight" and "furtive". "The shock of black hair, down
his nape and low on his forehead, seemed to suit his gloomy face and make what had
seemed at first unsociable remoteness in to something foreboding."
Jack's "lieutenant." A sadistic, cruel older boy who brutalizes the littluns and eventually
murders Piggy by rolling a boulder onto him.
He is a loner and uncommunicative by nature: he "kept to himself with an inner intensity of
avoidance and secrecy."
He is cruel.…read more


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