Lord of the Flies - Revision. Key Characters. Character. Appearance. Confident, seems to be a good leader. Tall, blonde hair, athletic. Background. Father a Naval officer. Relationships with others. Piggy and others look up to him, friendly with Jack. Ralph – Key Points.
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seems to be a
Piggy and others look up to
him, friendly with Jack.
how to blow the
making a list
Fears Jack, is taunted by others because of nickname.
rude – orders
the choir about.
Thin, red hair
Leader of the
Dominates the choir. Likes
Ralph but takes an immediate
dislike to Piggy.
Kind and helpful.
doesn’t like to
frail, black hair
and bright eyes.
Loyal towards Piggy and Ralph.
Looked on as strange by the
Quiet and secretive.
Cruel – enjoys
picking on the
Black hair, gloomy face.
Is a choirboy.
Allied with Jack.
The fire has good and bad uses. It is useful for attracting rescue, gives warmth and can be used for cooking, but it can be very destructive as we see at the end of the novel. It’s ironic that although Ralph insisted on fire, he was the one who was almost killed by it.
Piggy’s GlassesThe last surviving evidence of the lawful,structured World. Piggy’s glasses represent intelligence and clear thinking.
They are useful for the boys to get the fire started both to attract rescuers and for cooking the meat.
When one lens is smashed it represents the lack of clear thinking of the others.
The glasses are completely destroyed when Piggy dies and this is Golding’s way of representing the further fall of the boys into chaos and darkness.
Conch ShellNew democracy andorder on the island.
Colour changes to show a loss of innocence in the boys.
Loses its importance as the novel progresses as Jack and his ‘Tribe’ take over.
Smashed into a thousand pieces at the end to show loss of order and civilisation
The Beast : The beast is different for different boys.
It is represented as the dead parachutist, snakes, the pig’s head and noises heard in the night.
The real beast is our deep, dark primeval urges.
Lord of the Flies: A pig’s head on a stick that becomes the physical acceptance of evil on the island.
Whyis LOTF so popular around the world and why the students think it is important to read and study LOTF?