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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