Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

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Jack Merridew is an ordinary boy who turns into a perfect savage. Jack is the leader to a group of boys called the choir. In the beginning of the novel, we see the choir as “a creature” in the distance. When they arrive Jack acts almost like a military sergeant “shouting” orders at them. The way Jack treats them brings to mind of an army of authority and arrogance. With Jack so used to being in charge, when Ralph is elected leader his face has a “blush of mortification,” and doesn’t like the decision. Jack is arrogant as when he is introduced to Ralph he insists that he is called by his first name “Merridew”. Ralph is “fair haired” and he, at the end, has the most sense of decency whereas Jack is “red haired.” The connotation of red could…show more content…
The boys carried on “collecting firewood” and bathing, without worrying about the events the previous night. Piggy was the strongest in mind yet weakest in body, so he was the person that would fall victim to bullying. When Simon died, he tries to avoid bringing the incident up. When Ralph brought up the incident Piggy denied that it was on purpose, but just a mere accident. The significance of this death was that when he died, it brought the boys from civilised to savage, as they ceased to see the difference between a fellow human and an animal (the beast). Another significant event is the death of Piggy. He died from trying to talk some sense into the opposing tribe. Piggy, on the island was the adult inside all of them; he is a logical, intelligent and a rational thinker. His name Piggy makes the reader think of a boy who is not very fit and lonely. When Piggy died talking sense to Jack, without any remorse Roger crushed his skull with a boulder. The significance of Piggy’s death was that he was the only one left on Ralph’s side so when he died, it left Ralph alone. Also, Piggy was holding the conch at the time so when the conch shattered, it represented the loss of rational thinking, civilisation and the start of savagery and the end of kindness, morality and self respect. Golding describes the deaths of Piggy and Simon in two very different ways. Simon’s death is described over two pages and
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