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Roger's Progression

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The Nameless Authority In William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, Golding aimed to stress the fact that evil is within every type of human being, even children. The novel proves that the evil is unleashed in convenient circumstances. Once the evil is unleashed, violence increases rapidly. The increase of violence is observed through the character of Roger as he is obviously the most malicious boy on the island. Although at first Roger felt some restraints caused by the morals that he was weakly attached to, his character developed to be the most sadistic one. The first introduction made to Roger is when Piggy is trying to list the names of the kids that are on the island. Golding describes Roger as, "a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy"(18). From this description the reader perceives that Roger is not much into social interaction and the word "furtive" alarms the reader about his dark character. ...read more.


The remains of morals of the civilized world the boys come from are disappearing as the plot resolves. Guided by different priorities the boys start to group and every passing day, they become more primitive. It is obvious that becoming more primitive in is human nature and that humans have a tendency for it. The primitive behaviors of the boys develop into savagery. As primitiveness increases so does violence. Roger most prominently develops to be more violent. The primitive and savage life style of Jack's tribe allows the violent nature of human to emerge. This is evidently seen when the hunters hunt a pregnant pig. The boys don't just kill her, but slaughter her. The most repugnant behavior is depicted in Roger. Golding portrays Roger with the following sentence where he is torturing the pig to death , "Roger found a lodgement for his point and began to push till he was leaning with his whole weight"(149). ...read more.


Some source of power began to pulse in Roger's body"(194). In these sentences, the reader can see the contrast in Roger's first action. When he was throwing stones at Henry, again aiming to miss, no power had pulsed in him. It was civilization that conditioned his arm. This time, there are no remains of that civilization in Roger, instead there is this power; the power of destruction. The power of destruction felt by Roger, makes him feel free to kill Piggy. After Piggy dies, "Roger edged by the Chief, only just avoiding pushing him with his shoulder"(202). Roger is fully aware that there are no consequences to his behaviors and as he is potentially destructive, he underlines his character by killing Piggy and edging Jack. It is Roger that "advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority"(202). Roger has developed to be the nameless authority with his actions and behaviors. In conclusion, the increasing primitive behavior of the boys, create increasing violent behavior. The increase of violent behavior is most eminently seen in Roger's character. He develops to be the "nameless authority" with sadistic nature. ...read more.

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