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Lord of the Flies Characters

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding. It discusses how culture created by man fails, using as an example a group of British school-boys stuck on a deserted island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. Each British boys are a symbol that represents in ourself and also in our society, these are follow boys; Ralph, Piggy, Simon and Jack are the four main characters that represents a lot in our society that we can learn from. William Golding represents the boys in a very good way, to explain to the readers how the world around us is seen through the characters of those four boys.

Jack in the novel is one of the main antagonist, that represents the evil
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Piggy in the novel represents a lot of thing in our society and also in ourselves. He represents how human society is using tall poppy syndrome, this is the action of eagerly pulling down the more successful people in our society and making them not look the greatest. Piggy is one of the only characters in the novel that had intelligent and also high hope for them to get rescued. He represents the intelligent in the society but Golding is trying to reach out to the society that we are killing and loosing our intelligent humans, for example when Roger drops a big boulder on piggy resulting piggy to die, this shows us that slowly all of our smart and intelligent humans are dying because we are not recognizing them. Piggy is the most intelligent, rational boy in the group, and his glasses represent the power of science and intellectual endeavor in society. This symbolic significance is clear from the start of the novel, when the boys use the lenses from Piggy’s glasses to focus the sunlight and start a fire, this represents rational thinking. When Jack’s hunters raid Ralph’s camp and steal the glasses, the savages effectively take the power to make fire, leaving Ralph’s group helpless. Piggy represents the law and order of the adult world. He is the superego, the part of man’s personality which attempts to act according to an absolute set of standards. Throughout the novel, Piggy attempts to
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