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The novel's protagonist, the twelve-year-old English boy who is elected leader of the group of boys marooned on the island
attempts to coordinate the boys' efforts to build a miniature civilization on the island until they can be rescued
becomes the leader of the hunters but longs for total power and becomes increasingly wild, barbaric, and cruel as the novel progresses
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
A sadistic, cruel older boy who brutalizes the littluns and eventually murders Piggy by rolling a boulder onto him
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
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
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
Object that stands for the primal instinct of savagery that exists within all human beings
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
Object that becomes a powerful symbol of civilization and order in the novel/an actual vessel of political legitimacy and democratic power
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