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Compare and Contrast the characters and roles of Piggy and Roger

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Introduction

Compare and contrast the characters and roles of Roger and Piggy Roger and Piggy's different personalities signify different roles and themes throughout 'The Lord of the Flies'. They both have different personalities and different ideas on the way that the island should be run. However, in some aspects they are similar. For example, Piggy is Ralph's advisor and Roger is Jack's Lieutenant. Therefore they are both loyal to the authorative figures. On the one hand, Piggy represents the law and order of an adult world; throughout the novel he attempts to condition the island society to mirror the society they used to know in England. On the other hand, Roger exaggerates man's natural tendency to decline into savagery when there is no civilisation. Ultimately, he even outstrips Jack in barbarianism as it is Roger who, 'with delirious abandonment' levers the rock forty feet down on to Piggy's head. When Piggy first arrives on the island even Ralph is dismissive of him. His overweight appearance and whining hypochondriac personality, give the impression that he is of no significance and can be ordered about. ...read more.

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The idea to blow the conch so that other boys would emerge from the island was Piggy's idea as well as the idea to use his glasses to start the fire on the mountain. Piggy's intelligence is the natural complement to Ralph's common sense. Each character supports the other as they are more influential and effective when working together, each possessing qualities that the other lacks. It is hard to conclude whether Roger is a follower of Jack or really a leader. 'Roger followed him, keeping beneath the palms and drifting casually in the same direction.' In this case Roger is following Jack but this is before his decline into complete savagery. However, at times, Roger leads, but unconsciously, as his personality merely expects followers: "Roger and Maurice came out of the forest. They were relieved from duty at the fire and had come down for a swim. Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones.' In this instance Roger shows a degree of authority, leading Maurice and setting the example of savagery by kicking down the children's castles. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Simon was murdered it was out of instinctual panic. The boys have moved from unintentional violence to premeditated murder. Roger's brutality surpasses Jack's and significantly when he murders Piggy and implies torturing Samneric he seeks no authorization from Jack. His sadism appears to be entirely self-interested, and it suggests that he is a potential threat to Jack's authority, where as Piggy had always respected the authority of Ralph as he could use it to display his message. The degeneration from man to animal, from red-cheeked choirboy to premeditated killer, can be seen most obviously in Roger. As the final hunt on Ralph gets underway, it comes as no surprise that a stick Roger sharpened 'at both ends' in preparation for the hunting of Ralph is to be used to horrifying effect. On the other hand, whilst Ralph's personality also disintegrates into a more savage state, Piggy is peaceful and represents the remainder of civilisation until his death. His constant presence and attempt to remind the boys of their traditional values is perhaps what kills him in the end. . ...read more.

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