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Lord of the Flies Characters and Conflicts by Mind Map: Lord of the Flies
Characters and Conflicts
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Lord of the Flies Characters and Conflicts

Jack

First appearance at head of "a creature"

"…The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines"

Private school

All the boys are from a private school, These rules are adhered to at the beginning, Despite these rules, Jack was also given a position of power at school as leader of the choir

Class resentment

Dislikes Piggy because he is lower class

Sense of privilege and entitlement

Immediately dislikes Piggy for his weakness

Physically different characters

Different personalities

Feels Ralph is protecting Piggy, "'We musn't let anything happen to Piggy, must we?'

Representative of savagery, violence and power

The antithesis of Ralph

Power

Jack's fundamental desire, He is furious when he loses the election, Pushes the boundaries of the rules, Uses Ralph's similarity with the weak Piggy against him, "He says things like Piggy. He isn't a proper chief.'"

Violence

Initially he is unable to kill the pig, Suggests he was still governed by the civilised rules he had learned, Overcomes his civilisation by wearing warpaint, ...the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.

Becomes obsessed with hunting

Gives in to his own bloodlust, The overwhelming emotion Jack and his hunters have to "kill the pig" is an indirect metaphor to suggest the boys are also killing a part of Piggy., While Jack and his gang continue to kill, the logic and reason which Piggy symbolises progressively diminishes., He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.

Savagery

The more savage he becomes, the more he can control the group, The boys largely follow Jack's lead and ignore their moral restraints, The authority he has makes him feel powerful

The Beast

Jack learns to use the boys' fear of the beast to control them, The beast is a hunter... we couldn't kill it., Shows how religion and superstition can be used as instruments of power

Ralph

Appearance

“The was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil.”, Contrast with the red and black appearance of Jack (the devil)

Initially delighted at absence of adults - stands on his head

Naturally athletic - as such is a contrast to Piggy. He is, at heart, a dreamer who, unlike Piggy, does not see the seriousness of the situation they are in. As Ralph’s perception of the island changes his dreams revert to dreams of home.

Elected leader of the boys

Belongs to same class as Jack

Initially insensitive

Doesn't ask Piggy's name, “this proffer of acquaintance was not made.”

Mocks Piggy's nickname - tells the others

A good leader

Listens to Piggy's ideas

Main concern is rescue

Recognises the need for order, “We’ll have to have ‘Hands up’ like at school.”

Responsible child

Takes shelter building very seriously

Furious when the others do not take their responsibilities seriously

Bitter with Jack when he allows the fire to go out, This marks the dissolution of his cooperation with Jack, “Not even Ralph knew how a link between him and Jack had been snapped and fastened elsewhere.”, Ultimately leads to Ralph realising that he hates Jack for the way he seeks to disrupt the order he craves, Leads to closer bond with Piggy, “Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains. Ralph was a specialist in thought now, and could recognise thought in another.”

The isolation of leadership

“The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.”, Sign of Ralph maturing - understanding the concerns of adults and society, "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."

Leadership struggles

Takes responsibility for investigating "the beast", “I’m chief. I’ll go.”

Increasingly frequent daydreams of home, “Ralph leaned against a tree and at once the day-dreams came swarming up.”, Ralph is disillusioned with the paradise he initially thought the island was.

The death of Piggy means there is no possibility of two leaders on the island, “The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon lay over the island like a vapour. These painted savages would go further and further.”

Civilised

He refuses to wear paint, “we won’t be painted because we aren’t savages”.

Piggy

Identified as physically weak

Overweight

Asthma

Spectacles since he was three, A symbol of weakness to Jack

Betrayed immediately by Ralph

“’They used to call me Piggy!'"

Working class

For a moment the boys were a closed circuit of sympathy with Piggy on the outside...

Piggy's spectacles

A symbol of intelligence to Ralph, Indicates that science and intelligence bring progress, There can be no fire without the glasses, Piggy understands there are no "ghosts", I know there isn't no beast - not with claws and all that, I mean - but I know there isn't no fear either...Unless-...Unless we get frightened of people.

Piggy represents the law and order of the adult world.

He attempts to act according to an absolute set of standards., Piggy attempts to condition the island society to mirror the society they all lived in in England., He tries to pull Ralph towards the reason-oriented side of human nature.

Piggy and the signal fire

Piggy is obsessed with the signal-fire., "How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?"

This is because he wants to return to England where adults are, but also because the fire is one of the only symbols of order on the island., "What could be safer than the bus centre with its lamps and wheels?"

Piggy's death

"The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.", Piggy's death leaves Ralph alone - he must makes his own decisions now, "What was the sensible thing to do? There was no Piggy to talk sense.", It also exposes to Ralph the cruelty of nature, and "man's essential illness", He regrets not having been able to save Piggy, and mankind's essential flaw, "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."

Simon

Different to Jack and Ralph

Has an innate goodness that is as primal as Jack's savagery

Morally grounded

Simon acts as he does because he believes in the natural value of morality, Behaves benevolently to the younger children, "Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for the fruit they could not "

The other boys act immorally when there is no adult to impose rules, The other boys are conditioned to be good, Shows Golding feels humans are more naturally disposed to savagery than civilisation, Even Piggy and Ralph take part in the hunt

Christ-figure?

The beast

Simon is the first to understand the beast is a natural part of the boys and not an external monster, Symbolised by the conversation between Simon and the sow's head, Echoes of Christ's temptation in the wilderness, Christ comparison continues in his role as a semi-prophet, "'You'll get back to where you came from.'", "'Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us.'", "'You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?'"

The inherent evil within each human is the moral conclusion of the book, Simon represents the idea of essential human goodness, Simon's murder suggests an abundance of human evil and a scarcity of human goodness, "However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick."

Nature is indifferent to suffering, "Then Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands. The sow collapsed under them and they were heavy and fulfilled upon her. The butterflies still danced, preoccupied in the center of the clearing."