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Compare the Characters of Ralph and Jack. How does Golding influence the reader's responses to his characters?

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Compare the Characters of Ralph and Jack. How does Golding influence the reader's responses to his characters? In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, Ralph is aware of the fact that he is on a deserted island, but is in a sort of daydream. He's very rude and immature towards Piggy and acts awkwardly towards Piggy, as if there was no one else on the island. "This is an island. At least I think it's an island." The author tells in that line that Ralph is possibly in a daydream and can't tell fantasy from reality. When it is only Ralph and Piggy at the start, he is rather lazy, sleepy and quick tempered, but not the least bit worried about being abandoned on an unknown island. "Now the shell was no longer a thing seen but not to be touched." Ralph discovers the conch, which's something that interests him but doesn't know what it is so he turns to Piggy for knowledge. Ralph realizes that the conch is something valuable just by looking at it, but doesn't know that it is very significant and would become the symbol of his future leadership. "The creature was a party of boys marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothes." ...read more.


The author introduces the idea of there being a snake on the island, which the little children observe at night, which is slightly in contrast to the Garden of Eden where a snake is the symbol of evil. "There isn't a snake thing. But if there was a snake we'd hunt it and kill it." The author doesn't actually let us see into Jack's mind but from the outside we know that he is very cunning and clever, by turning situations to his advantage. He tries to get power by offering protection to the little children and increasing their confidence in him, so that they would support him and not Ralph. "The conch doesn't count on top the mountain." Here Jack is undermining the conch and its importance to annoy and re-establish his assumed superiority over Piggy. Also this way he is attacking Ralph at the same time, because the conch is the main reason why Ralph gets elected. Jack wants everyone else to obey the rules, but doesn't keep to them and therefore is very hypocritical about what he says and does. He knows the smaller children want to have fun and uses that to his advantage by fooling around and bullying Piggy. ...read more.


Ralph boosts his authority by giving orders to everyone and starts to plan a decent environment to live in, but Jack is still stirring up trouble. The author has been clever about creating intensity because he has brought in two different characters, which are complete opposites of each other. On coming on the island, Jack already leads the choir, wants to be chief and doesn't get elected, while on the other hand Ralph doesn't know anyone, has no wish to be leader but becomes leader and has to mould into the role of being a leader. The author also shows how Jack changes from being civilized to turning into a primitive savage and how other boys follow him. Ralph learns a lot from his mistakes and adjusts so that he can uphold his position. The author also lets us see Ralph innermost thought so we know what type of person he is, but we only get to view Jack from the outside, which influences are sympathy towards Ralph. He also introduces the 'snake-thing', which is linked to the Garden of Eden and always gives the reader a sense of evil. The first five chapters are in complete contrast to the book Coral Island, which is a book about children who help each other out, when they are left on a desert island. By Hyder Mushtaq ...read more.

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