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Essay 1 How does William Golding introduce and develop character in the novel? William Golding introduces character in the novel by giving us their personality at the very beginning. He shows us how each of them behave when first introduced rather than letting it show during the course of the novel. For example when we first meet Jack he is described as "the body was hidden by black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast. His cap badge was golden." Another example is when Simon faints; Jack says "He's always throwing a faint. He did in Gib; and Addis; and at matins over the precentor." This shows us that he is going to be the problem character in the novel because he is completely dressed in black and that he has no feelings for others than himself. When we first meet Ralph he is introduced as a fair haired boy, about twelve years old and has the build of a boxer. He is caring, understanding commanding and mature. As the story progresses this develops further. When they find the conch, Ralph is the one who blows it and gathers everybody together. This shows us that he is responsible and because he takes things seriously, very realistic and sensible. ...read more.


He is also strong, villainous, he only cares for himself and hates people lowering his self esteem. This is shown when Jack finally stands up to Ralph being chief and asks who would join him in another tribe. But because no-one raises their hand he storms off and threatens Ralph. On the first hunting trip Jack is scared of killing a pig because of how inhumane it is. He doesn't show this however by saying "next time I'll get it". However as the story progresses he becomes severely obsessed with hunting and it is all he does and thinks about. Jack doesn't like getting the blame either. An example of this is when the fire burns out and a ship goes past. Ralph starts blaming Jack but then Jack quickly turns on Piggy saying "A fat lot you did". This also shows how much Jack dislikes Piggy and how glad he is when Roger moves the boulder which kills Piggy. As soon as we encounter Simon, he faints. This shows us how weak he is. Simon has black hair, a skinny posture and is one of Ralph's aids. He is kind, caring, understanding and is the saint of the story. ...read more.


When we are introduced to Piggy he is a very incapable character who is fat and suffers from asthma. He has short hair, wears spectacles and has a button nose. He has been brought up very secluded and protected from the real world by his Aunt because of fears for his health and safety. We see this because he always says "My Auntie says I shouldn't ......". He is the wisest of the group because he also, like Simon, does not believe in the beast and tries to give a scientific explanation on why it does not exist. He is civilised the way he suggests calling meetings. Jack intimidates him because he is annoying to the others. Piggy takes a lot of trouble from Jack until he breaks and tells Ralph that he wants to go and speak his mind. This is when he is killed by Roger which shows how scared they were of Piggy. This also displays Piggy's maturity and how he is not scared to say his opinion. He learns he has to be strong and has to stand up to others to succeed in life but he does not get a chance to show what he has learnt. Perhaps William Golding intended to provide us with the characters personality at the start to show how the story will progress and develop. ...read more.

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