Lost, hungry, scared, hopeless. These are the emotions that you would feel when you're stranded on a deserted island. The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about british school boys that are stranded on an island. In this book, a plane is shot down and crashes on a deserted island, these boys have to find a way to survive and find a way to get rescued. There are many characters in this book that each have their own talents, a few of their names are: Ralph, Simon, Piggy, Jack and SamnEric. The two characters I found extraordinary were Ralph and Simon. Simon and Ralph share many similarities and differences by being selfless, mature and having a caring and loving personality towards others. Both Simon and Ralph are selfless in many …show more content…
Ralph is much more mature than the other boys for a few reasons, he is the leader of the boys, and he is the biggest boy on the island. In one case scenario of the book, all of the boys were running around and being crazy, and Ralph was mature and calmed them all down. To calm down these boys Ralph says, “We’ve got to talk about this fear and decide there's nothing in it. I’m frightened myself, sometimes; only that’s nonsense! Like bogies. Then, when we’ve decided, we can start again and be careful about about the things like the fire” (82). This is a great example of showing how mature Ralph is. He talks in a very controlled manner, and he calms everyone down. Another character in this book that is mature is Simon. Even though Simon is a littun he is the most mature of the younger boys. Once the other boys start to get paranoid about the beastie (which is imaginary), Simon starts to drift away from all of the craziness, and he finds a little safe and quiet spot that no one knows about. Simon tells Ralph, “I wanted -to go to a place- a place I know” (85). Saying this makes Simon very mature because he doesn't handle situations like a common young boy would, he handles it very maturely and adult-like. Both characters here show much more maturity than any of the other boys on the …show more content…
In general you can observe that these characters are adult-like because of their maturity and caring personality towards the other boys. Simon really shows this amazing personality because, he is portrayed as a christ-like figure. In many parts of the book Simon reassures Ralph and the other boys from fear by saying, “You’ll get back to where you came from” (111). This quote is significant because it shows that Simon cares about Ralph, he assures Ralph and lessens the fear of never leaving the island. Ralph also has a caring and loving personality towards others because, he reassures the littluns, he allows everyone to speak, and he listens to everyone. At one time in the story Ralph starts to regret being the leader, but the boys don't want anyone else in charge, so Ralph continues to be the leader because he cares about everyone and what they think. Ralph states to Piggy, “ ‘I ought to give up being chief.’ ” In response Piggy says, “Oh lord! Oh no!...If Jack was chief he’d have all hunting and no fire. We’d be here till we died” (93). As you can tell, Piggy really wants Ralph to still be chief. Even though Ralph doesn't want to be chief, he stays the leader so that everyone is happy. As you can read, these characters have a loving and caring personality towards
Although Erich Maria Remarque wrote All Quiet on the Western Front in 1929, the theme can be compared to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies written 25 years later. In both Lord of the Flies and All Quiet on the Western Front the main characters struggle with identity and suffer from a loss of innocence. However, Golding expresses these themes through the use of symbolism, while Remarque expresses these themes through visual imagery. A literary theme is defined as a central topic or concept that the whole story is about.
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding is a novel that tells the story of a group of young boys whose plane crashes on a deserted island with no adults or other human beings. They learn how to survive and set up a system that they stick to for a long amount of time. They all vote that Ralph becomes the head chief of all of them. Throughout the book, most of the boys, except for Simon, develop a fear towards the beast that they think lives on the island. Lord of the Flies demonstrates that fear controls peoples actions.
Ralph’s role in the island is civilization and order. At the beginning of the story, most of the boys are focused on the fact that there are no adults on the island. The boys are unfocused on the task at hand, and they are trying to have fun. On the other hand, Ralph is focused on getting the group rescued and safe. Here’s a quote of Ralph taking control of the group, “By the time Ralph finished blowing the conch the platform was crowded” (Golding 23).
Throughout the entire story, Ralph has been the one to be civilized. He represents the order in the story by making sure to remind everyone of who they are. Ralph keeps the humanity in the boys despite the fact that
In the beginning of the novel we are introduced to two boys, Ralph and Jack, who both are english school boys. The boys both come from tightly wound civilization and have always had adult supervision. From the beginning it is clear the boys both have different personalities, where Ralph is a leader because he is obligated to be and Jack is not but fights for power. In the third chapter Ralph, along with the help of Simon, is building huts on the beach for survival. This shows Ralph wants to have civilization on the island and doesn't want to live like savages.
Throughout the novel, we quickly notice how different Simon is compared to the the rest of the boys found on the island. He becomes quickly dedicated to ralph; being one of the only ones to help him build the shelters and becoming a trusted friend. He’s very calm, humble and hopeful; never acting out of rage or ever seems the slightest bit annoyed. Simon is wise; often saying things that are not quite understood by the boys. Along with his maturity simon makes some prophetic comment one of these being "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster.
This is shown through his kindness to the boys, his encounter at his own personal, mysterious area, his peace and vision, and his saintly Christ-like characterization. When Ralph first encounters Simon, it is when he faints while under Jack Merridew’s authority. Ralph describes Simon’s eyes “so bright they had deceived Ralph into thinking him delightfully gay and wicked.” (Golding 67).
[Ralph] can’t hunt, you can’t sing… Just [gives] orders that don’t make any sense ’” (Golding 91). Some may argue that Simon is the most compelling character. Different from the other boys, Simon experiences prejudice because of epilepsy; however, he shows bravery when he goes with Ralph and Jack to search for the beast.
Imagine being stuck in an island with no adult supervision, only 15 kids trying to figure out how to be rescued. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, the plane that the boys were riding got shot down and crash landed into a deserted island. On the deserted island we meet our first character, Ralph, physically well built, handsome, and a natural leader. Then we meet Piggy, fat, intelligent, stereotypical nerd, and an outcast amongst the boys. Next we meet Jack Merridew, “...he was thin and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap.
In the allegorical novel Lord of the Flies, Simon and Piggy’s sudden deaths cause Ralph to Come of Age so he can deal with the tragedy and realize the others are still savages. Ralph and a school of other boys crash their plane on a deserted island in the 1950s, trying to escape the bombing going on in England. Only the children survive, so they have to try to stay together and get rescued. However, there is a fabled “Beast” on the island that threatens the children, and eventually tears them apart. Many boys secede from the original group and become savages of the island, only concerned with food and killing the “Beast”.
Thirdly, Simon does not get swayed by others and stays true to Ralph and Piggy. He starts out as one of Jack’s choir boys but has an issue with fainting and Jack is dismissive towards that. Piggy and Ralph do not have an issue with that and that is how his bond starts with Ralph and Piggy. “But Simon went!” (Golding, 171) Fears Ralph after Simon decides to prove there is no beast because fear has taken over the boys.
Ralph was handsome and had fair hair which made him seem like a more leader like figure to the others. He also showed some initiative by blowing the conch to get all the stranded boys’ attention. At another time when Samneric spotted the “beast” (the parachutist) going through the air and land on top of the mountain no one but Ralph, Simon, and Jack volunteered to go investigate it. This showed that Ralph was somewhat brave and he showed good initiative. Out of all the boys I think that Ralph was probably the most sane.
He is also described as being in an intermediate state, who has “lost prominent tummy of childhood and not yet old enough for adolescence” (p11). From this, the readers can infer that Ralph is still just another innocent boy not ready to realize the malicious evils of mankind. The other boys initially accept Ralph as a leader. He is the first to summon all the boys with the conch, which serves as a symbol and token of authority.