The novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding is a very deviant story. The characters in the story have no heroic qualities. Ralph is not a hero because he relies on Piggy’s advice and stalls on his actions. This results in the eventual downfall of the tribe. Jack is not a hero because he is a murderer and was unfaithful to the others, again leading to the demise of the group. Piggy was a “mama’s boy” and couldn’t stand up for himself. He needed a say in the decisions that were made. There was not a single character that could fulfill the role of a true hero.
Ralph was not a worthy saint because he allowed the group to slowly fade away due to his ungracious ideas and slow pace. When he and Simon were building shelters, he did nothing but complain about how the others did not help and keep fresh water stocked. He did nothing to take any action towards it. His assemblies were unsuccessful because no one listened to his foolish ideas. His efforts to try and organize a successful society were a complete failure. Ralph said to Jack “You hunters! You can laugh! But I tell you smoke is more important than the pig, however often you kill one” (86).
Jack and Ralph didn’t see eye to eye, one wanted fire for cooking the other for a signal to be rescued. Ralph only took into consideration, “law and rescue.” He thought about this instead of hunting and the needs of the others. His orders to civilization were useless because he did not realize that if they did not have food, they would not have energy to build a fire. He did not understand they would die of starvation before they would ever get rescued. Ralph and Jack were always fighting against each other, the initial incident was when a ship passed and Jack had let the fire out. Ralph was not capable of being a strong leader himself because he could not stand up for himself, or his beliefs. He also llooked up to Piggy and relied on his advice. The others only voted for Ralph as chief because they did not know better; they knew Jack was mean and that they did not want him to deal with him being in control. Ralph was as confused as any one else. He let his violent behavior get to him. Ralph contemplated whether or not to join the game where the boys pretended to hunt each other; this is a fine example of him showing his confused behavior.
How mankind can't survive without rules and laws Could civilization live a normal and stable life, without any rules and orders to obey? Could you picture, New York City, with no laws to follow and everyone doing as they please? Just imagine the disasters that we will experience. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, we see how each individual character reacts differently to ...
Jack Merridew was not a leading figure because he is a no good, selfish murderer. He killed innocent Simon without thinking twice about it. He then chanted, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” His ignorant chants and insensible feelings and ideas eventually lead to death. He also influenced the kids to separate, and started his own gang. Jack acted tough but he himself was even afraid of the beast, an example of this is when he said “If your hunting, sometimes you catch yourself feeling as if – as if your not hunting but-being hunted” (53).
He did not want the others in his posse, which in turn lead to Piggy’s death. When the laws of their government could not reach them, Jack becomes a wild savage and brainwashes the others to do the same. Jack told the others “Some of you will stay here to improve the cave and defend the gate. The defenders of the gate will see that the others don’t sneak in” (177).
Obeying Jack’s rules, Roger tipped a rock on Piggy that sent him forty feet down a cliff. Jack said “See? They do what I want” (199).
Everyone was afraid to be dehumanized by Jack. That was the only reason they listened, not because he was an idol. He was a childish and selfish chief, only causing problems by wanting to do things his own way. Jack was never there to help as a group; instead he was always out hunting and thinking about his cowardly self. When Jacks first attempt to kill the pig failed he said “next time…” (31), which foreshadowed that he would become too involved with hunting and it would be his obsession. He once again showed his greedy and self indulgent ways, by not obeying the rule of the conch. He was the first one to denounce its power. Jack is also inconsiderate. He went to the shelters to start a fight, and tried stealing the fire for cooking not rescue. When that did not work, he stole Piggy’s glasses instead. Jack was definitely not a hero. He is characterized by excessive self-esteem and exaggerated dignity.
Lord Of The Flies is possibly one of the most complex novels of the twentieth century. This complexity and depth is evident when the characters are compared to the psychological teachings of Freud. The book shows examples of this psyche in the characters Jack, Piggy and Ralph and how they change during their time on the island. Towards the end of the eighth chapter it became very apparent that ...
Out of all the characters, Piggy was the weakest. No one took him seriously because of his whiny voice and inability to work. Although Piggy knew that they were all going to turn out to be dirty savages, he lacked dominant influence over the tribe. He said “I know there isn’t no beast – not with claws and all that, I mean-but I know there isn’t no fear either…Unless…Unless we get frightened of people” (page#).
He was scared to be alone when Ralph and he went to confront Jack about stealing his specs and starting an unnecessary fight. He had Ralph doing his dirty work. Both He and Ralph were very confused and lost; “Piggy and Ralph, under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take place in this demented but partly secure society” (167).
Piggy knew right from wrong, but he differed from the other tribe members in the sense he never strayed from his own knowledge. From the start, the boys all thought Piggy was nothing but a joke; they were always mean and made fun of him by calling him “fatty”. Golding quotes “A storm of laughter arose and even the tiniest child joined in. For the moment the boys were a closed circuit of sympathy with Piggy on the outside” (17).
If he stuck up for himself and showed some leadership, the tribe would have probably been somewhat substantial and succeeded instead of turning into murders and complete savages.
Throughout the story it’s a two sided struggle between adult responsibilities and savagery, but all of the characters in this story are all bitter and not one of them is a true hero. In the end, when the conch is destroyed, authority on the island is gone and Ralph is left to fend for himself. When Jack developed a passion for evil he became uncultured and bloodthirsty. Piggy had good ideas but didn’t know what to do to make them happen. All the characters had defaults and not one of them is a true hero. Piggy was weak mentally and physically. The evil in this book is only external.
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