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James Thorogood 10P3 The Lord Of The Flies essay The beauty of "The Lord Of The Flies" is that the characters are not static; they change throughout the novel. Show examples of this by comparing the two characters Ralph and Jack. Golding uses many techniques to change his characters as they progress throughout the novel. The main character Ralph is a prime example of this developing character. Both of the boys arrive on the island with a certain manner. They are sensible and being from well brought up families and homes, soon start to work together in harmony on the island. The first time we encounter Ralph is at the beginning of the novel where he is described as "The boy with fair hair...[He had] taken off his school sweater...[His] grey shirt tuck to his back and his hair was plastered to his forehead." The fact he has fair hair and also the quote "built like a boxer" suggest he could be a heroic figure. ...read more.


In the later chapters Ralph has started to get fed up with the once "paradise" of the island. When the only food that they can eat gives them terrible stomach problems, they are watching the moral and comfort of life decline. As the novel continues, Ralph begins to be questioned about his leadership. This makes Ralph nervous and unsure and he tries to keep civilisation by retaking command. "I'm chief. We wont have the fire anywhere but on the mountain. Ever." In this assembly fully realises the threat of Ralph's rival, Jack. Jack stats off as a friend and a supporter of Ralph and his ideas, "I agree with Ralph. We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages." This is extremely ironic, as in the later chapters this is exactly what Jack and the other boys become. Jack's eyes are always used in the novel to depict his emotions, "Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger." ...read more.


Jack has been transformed by Golding's use of colour, the red cheeks symbolise blood, pain and the danger that has been threatening to escape form Jack since the beginning. The way Jack moves and acts "doglike and ape-like" and finally his painted face, hiding all innocents and his sinister side. Near the end of the novel, he feels no shame about the deaths of Simon and Piggy, nor his attempts to kill Ralph. In the novel Jack and his tribe represent anarchy and the downward spiral of civilisation. This is most seen when the conch, which throughout the novel is the symbol of humanity and civilisation, is smashed. Both Ralph and Jack have changed throughout the novel. Golding presents both of them as young innocent children at the beginning. They are almost unrecognisable by the end. They have changed both physical and mentally. There is an intervention at the end: the Naval officer, jokes about them "having a war or something?" and this of course is exactly what is happening. The moral of the novel is with out intervention, which will win, good or evil? ...read more.

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