"Lord of the Flies" - Ralph and Jack character revision

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He is twelve years and a few months old.
He has an attractive appearance, which plays a role in
him becoming a leader, he also has an amicable
personality- "You could see he might make a boxer",
"there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that
proclaimed no devil."
He is sensible: it was Ralph's idea to have a chief,
establish rules and build a signal fire so they can be
rescued. He speaks wisely.
He is a good leader. He knows that it's important to
keep Jack on his side and speaks to Piggy with the
directness of genuine leadership. "There was a
stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out". Later on he feels the
weight of being chief as a personal hell "people were never quite what you
thought they were" (p.69) - but he doesn't give up.
He wants to hang on to civilised values. When he realises that their lives are
full of dirt and decay, he feels a "convulsion of the mind". In the discussions
about the beast, he feels "the understandable and lawful world... slipping
He uses civilised language. Even when he is pleading with Jack for the return
of Piggy's glasses, he speaks like a school boy: "You aren't playing the
He is brave. He led the search for the beast at the fort alone: "I'm chief. I'll
go. Don't argue." It is Ralph who approaches the dead airman at the top of
the mountain, with leaden steps, while Jack and Roger stay back.
Yet even Ralph sometimes gets carried away with the hunt. Ralph starts the
game where they pretend Robert is a pig: "The desire to squeeze and hurt
was over-mastering". Later on, he becomes part of the 'dance' that kills
Simon. Near the end, he breaks the pig's skull on the stick with a sick fear
and rage.
Ralph finally becomes an outcast. He tells himself this is "Cos I had some
When he meets the naval officer, he is seen as a little scarecrow, but Ralph is
still able to assert himself as the leader. Then he cries, for the first time on
the island.

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Jack is the leader of the choir, he is proud and arrogant. "I'm chapter chorister and head
boy. I can sing C sharp" said with a "simple arrogance".
He has red hair and is tall, thin and bony. "His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly
without silliness". Appearance reflects personality c/p Ralph- nice appearance, nice
"Out of this face stared two blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn to
anger."- short tempered, prepares reader for degradation of Jack's civility.…read more


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