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Lord of the flies - Descriptions of Ralph, Jack, Piggy and Simon Up to Chapter Four.

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Introduction

Descriptions of Ralph, Jack, Piggy and Simon Up to Chapter Four Ralph Ralph is one of the main characters in this book and is the first boy we meet in chapter one. His physical appearance is conveyed to us quite early on, with the author letting us know that he has fair hair in the first sentence. This aspect of his looks gives us an alias of "the fair boy" so we can identify him before we learn his name. Almost immediately after we start the first chapter, Ralph meets Piggy. His attitude towards him at first is indifferent, ignoring him and seeming uninterested when Piggy speaks. Also he mocks Piggy about things such as his asthma "Sucks to your ass-mar", his cruel nickname "Piggy! Piggy!", and his aunt (sucks to your auntie). This seems to be an early show of dominance, as if Ralph has judged Piggy and wants to make sure there is an understanding of who is the stronger of two. He also tends to order Piggy about a bit, telling him to "Get my clothes", without asking or saying please. He also goes and tells all the others of Piggy's cruel nickname, despite knowing that he doesn't want him to. ...read more.

Middle

Come back! / They let the bloody fire out." Piggy Piggy is quickly established as the most intelligent of the four. Although, as he would have made a wise and diligent leader, his perhaps even comical physical appearance hindered him the whole group first met "you talk to much / shut up, fatty". This has hindered him severely respect wise and has never fully recovered this. Piggy is first called "the fat boy", and the first main description of him makes him seem extremely plump and obese "knees were plump / shorter than the fair boy and very fat" . This may be to convince the reader that he is not an aggressive or violent person at all, emphasizing his intellectuality. He is also never mean or spiteful to any character up to chapter four, except for when Jack breaks his prized possession - his glasses "Now I only got one eye. Jus' you wait-". Piggy is portrayed as the friendly, intelligent one who, despite this excellent personality trait, is overlooked and taken for granted sometimes. His cruel nickname, "Piggy" is quite harsh but at the same time realistic. ...read more.

Conclusion

This freedom coupled with his malicious and arrogant personality makes it possible for him to quickly degenerate into a savage. It is very clear from the start that Jack wants to be the chief. As time goes on and Ralph figures out Jack's aggressive and violent personality, he backs out slightly by letting keep control of the choir, later to be called the Hunters. When Jack lashes out and hits Piggy, he may be using this as a way to get at Ralph, as at this point Ralph has become quite friendly to Piggy. Simon Simon is not as heavily featured in this book than the other three, but nonetheless he is one of the main four types of personality. He entered the book as the weakest boy in the choir, but as time continues he becomes stronger and more talkative. At first he is described as "a skinny, vivid little boy / a hut of straight hair / black and coarse". He has a pointed chin and "eyes so bright". He is not an evil boy like Jack, and does such virtuous deeds such as "found for them the fruit they could not reach" for the littluns and is the only one to help Ralph in the construction of the shelters. ...read more.

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