Lord of the Flies (Characters, Symbols, Other Details)

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Ralph

The novel's protagonist, the twelve-year-old English boy who is elected leader of the group of boys marooned on the island

Ralph

attempts to coordinate the boys' efforts to build a miniature civilization on the island until they can be rescued

Ralph

adamant about keeping the signal fire alive

Jack

The novel's antagonist, one of the older boys stranded on the island.

Jack

Choir leader

Jack

His tribe lives at Castle Rock

Jack

becomes the leader of the hunters but longs for total power and becomes increasingly wild, barbaric, and cruel as the novel progresses

Simon

A shy, sensitive boy in the group

Simon

killed by all the boys during the dramatic chanting and dancing after Jack's feast

Simon

in some ways the only naturally "good" character on the island, behaves kindly toward the younger boys and is willing to work for the good of their community

Simon

has a secret hiding place

Simon

talks to the Lord of the Flies

Piggy

builds a sundial

Piggy

Ralph's second-hand

Piggy

chubby, has "ass-mar"

Piggy

A whiny, intellectual boy, his inventiveness frequently leads to innovation

Piggy

has better logic than Ralph

Piggy

is killed by Roger

Piggy

believes in the rules and the power of the conch

Roger

"quiet, dark, furtive"

Roger

A sadistic, cruel older boy who brutalizes the littluns and eventually murders Piggy by rolling a boulder onto him

Roger

Jack's second-hand

Roger

arm was "conditioned" not to throw rocks

Sam and Eric

A pair of twins closely allied with Ralph. Sam and Eric are always together, and the other boys often treat them as a single entity

Sam and Eric

At the end of the novel, they fall victim to Jack's manipulation and coercion.

Lord of the Flies

The name given to the sow's head that Jack's gang impales on a stake and erects in the forest as an offering to the "beast."

Lord of the Flies

talks to Simon in his cave

Mulberry Boy

"littlun" killed by the first forest fire

Mulberry Boy

first to mention the "beastie"

Maurice

the first "pig"

Johnny

the thumb-sucker

Percival

youngest boy

Percival

couldn't remember his name

Percival

thought the beast was a leviathan

Naval Officer

saved the boys

Parachuter

described as "harmless and horrible"

Parachuter

Samneric's "beast"

Robert

hurt his "rump" playing the pig

Simon

had epilepsy

Ralph

boy who symbolizes order, leadership, and civilization

Piggy

boy who represents the scientific and intellectual aspects of civilization

Jack

boy who represents unbridled savagery and the desire for power

Simon

boy who represents natural human goodness

Roger

boy who represents brutality and bloodlust at their most extreme

Lord of the Flies

Object that becomes both a physical manifestation of the beast, a symbol of the power of evil, and a kind of Satan figure who evokes the beast within each human being

The Beast

Object that stands for the primal instinct of savagery that exists within all human beings

Signal Fire

Object that functions as a kind of measurement of the strength of the civilized instinct remaining on the island/a barometer of the boys' connection to civilization

Piggy's Glasses

Object that represents the power of science and intellectual endeavor in society

Conch

Object that becomes a powerful symbol of civilization and order in the novel/an actual vessel of political legitimacy and democratic power

Island

Setting

Immediate Past

Tense

Third-Person

Point of View

Omniscent Third-Person

Narrator

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