Lord Of The Flies Essay Characters

The character Ralph is realistic, independent and civil in this novel. In The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. Ralph must do many things for his own survival and the survival of the other boys on the island. I think the obstacles he has to overcome make up his character throughout the book. A character’s personality can be changed when he/she is put in certain positions, such as when Jack’s group was hunting for him, Ralph had to choose between survival and being civil.

Ralph’s character is very realistic in this book. He’s always the one to bring reality to the island when it is greatly needed for the boys. For example, he was the only boy who believed that his father would find him and they would eventually be rescued. This is realistic because he knew that people would find out the plane crashed and come looking for them. Another important factor is that he didn’t believe in the beast. Ralph knew there’s no such thing as a beast and that it didn’t exist. He realized that there had to be a sensible reason for the boys to believe that there was a beast living in the forest. Ralph also knew certain things must be done for them to survive on the island without adults, like building shelters, keeping clean, and having a set leadership and government. The other boys didn’t think logically about what needed to get completed every day in order for everyone to live a somewhat reasonable life.

Besides being realistic, Ralph is a very independent person in this novel. He demonstrates his independence in many parts of the Lord of the Flies which shows how self-sufficient Ralph really is. One example that proves his independence is when he is the first boy to step up to become leader. Even though Piggy was the boy to put him in that position, Ralph already had his mind set on his leadership role and what he wanted to get accomplished. This proves he is self-sufficient because he immediately knew what rules to make up without other people telling him what to do. Another example is how Ralph doesn’t choose to become barbaric and join in with the hysteria of Jack’s tribe. For the most part he stayed on his own side even when he was the only person left in his group. He doesn’t get involved with the original bloodlust of the boys injuring Rodger because he knows it is wrong and savage-like. He also doesn’t join Jack’s tribe when everyone else is convinced to, Ralph sticks to his original plan without his friends and stays by himself. This shows he doesn’t usually give in to peer pressure and can survive on his own rules.

Most importantly, Ralph was a very civil person. He knew what was right and what was wrong. As the first leader, he set civil rules to live on the island. These rules were the basic rules for living on their own and getting along. He decided that the person talking must be holding the conch; this made everyone calm so only one person could talk at a time and there was no chaos. Unlike many other characters, Ralph was nice and helpful to the younger children and didn’t beat them or act savagely towards them. This demonstrates his civilized character by proving he always tried to do the right thing. He also attempted to make sure everything was completed, like building the shelters and keeping a signal fire to increase the chance of getting rescued. These rules kept the boys civilized until their animal instincts took over and Ralph couldn’t do anything to stop them.

“Lord of the Flies” Character Essay

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Humans have a monster inside of them that is subdued by society, and if society is taken away, then that “monster” will consume them. This is true for most people, but not all humans are like that. One of the most notable humans to over come the “monster” is Simon, a character from the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. The story is set on an island in the Pacific Ocean. A plane full of British schoolboys crash lands on an island and they’re stranded there with no adults, no society, and no rules. Simon is one of the few characters that stay sensible and good throughout the story. He has a sixth sense about things happening around him, he is kindhearted, and he faints a lot which give the appearance of him being weak.…show more content…

Simon gets fruit for the littluns who can’t reach it by themselves, another kind act only meant to help another. “He [Piggy] went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him” (71). When Jack hits Piggy and he loses his glasses, Simon is the one that picks them up for him. Simon knows that Piggy gets picked on and is disliked among most of the members of the tribe, but he helps him out anyways. Simon’s angelic nature is topped off with the fact that he has seizures.

Simon faints continuously throughout the story, which gives the impression that he’s weak. “Then one of the boys flopped on his face in the sand and the line broke up” (20). This is the first time Simon faints. “ ‘He’s [Simon] always throwing a faint,’ said Merridew” (20). Here Jack Merridew admits that Simon has fainted a lot in the past and should be just left alone on the sand. “Simon was inside the mouth. He fell down and lost consciousness” (144). When he imagines that the sow’s head is talking to him, he has a seizure near the end of the conversation and blacks out. This is the last time he fainted until his life ended. Simon faints a lot throughout the story giving others the impression he is weak and sickly, but in truth he is a very strong, caring person.

Simon represented the good on the island. When he dies, something

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