Over us.” “I got the conch.” “Ralph! Stop laughing like that. Look, there ain’t no need, Ralph! What’re the others going to think?” (Golding, 158) The conch started off as a symbol of calmness and was supposed to help the boys keep order, as the conch being a “talking piece”. Later on, it turned into chaos, causing a lot of issues between the boys, and not being the symbol of calmness as it had started off as in the novel.
When the boys first wake up from the plane crash they are not all in the same location on the island. Ralph is the one to blow the conch shell, which gathers all the boys together in the same area as Ralph and Piggy. Piggy told Ralph that they should make a list of all the boys who are on the island, they make the list of most of the boys on the island. For instance in chapter two, “He was a shrimp of a boy, about six years old, and one side of his face was blotted out by a mulberry-colored birthmark (Golding 35).” The mulberry birthmark was what made the little boy stand out from the other little 'un. After the mulberry boy stops talking, Ralph suggest that they build a fire on top of the mountain.
Ponyboy Curtis: A smart and fanciful fourteen year old who belongs to a gang called the “Greasers”. He wonders why life is so much more difficult for him and his friends than it is for the Socs. He loves his brother Sodapop, who is kind and loving and understanding, but he doesn 't get along with his older brother Darry, who he sees as a bully. Though he wants to be part of the gang, he doesn 't always agree with their violent ways. Pony is quiet and shy, and prefers talking to a Soc named Cherry about sunsets.
At first, I did not know too much about his character, but in the fourth chapter he showed new outstanding qualities that made him an immensely respectable character. For example, when Jack rudely refused to give Piggy meat, Simon passed his own meat to Piggy, and did not take his decision back even when Jack started yelling at the poor boy. This shows that Simon is generous and naturally a good person. Most people ignored how badly Piggy was treated and did not help whatsoever, while others joined in on the bullying. Even their leader of the society joined in on this cruel act, but Simon was the only one that looked out for Piggy when no one else would.
A psychology professor Phillip Zimbardo once explained "people are seduced into evil by dehumanizing and labeling others." I believe this is true labeling and dehumanizing others can make it particularly easy to forget all of your moral codes amd forget about the goodness inside you. A lot of this is seen in William Goldings book Lord of the Flies, a story is told about a group of British school boys who are stranded on an island after their plane crashes. The boys are left without adults so one boy named Ralph steps up to power and leads them all. There is a struggle for power when a boy named Jack seeks to be leader, but he has different ways of leading then Ralph.
A microcosm is a representation of the world on a much smaller scale. Sometimes, this can be represented as an island, where nothing can escape, much like earth itself. In Golding's novel, “Lord of the Flies”,a small group of boys crash land on a desert island. They have no idea what to do at first, but eventually start to build a society. The main characters, Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and Simon often fight, and during their fights, the other children take sides.
As stated before, Piggy is clearly the heaviest of the boys, and more than once, Jack called Piggy “Fatty”(21). In this way, Piggy almost immediately loses power and respect. You can see this when Ralph tells Jack Piggy’s name, but more so in Piggy’s reaction after the fact. Piggy ended up confronting Ralph about how he didn’t want to be called Piggy, but Ralph blatantly disobeyed and told everyone that Piggy is what he was called. In Ralph’s defense, he is “Better Piggy than Fatty” (25).
"The fair skinny boy"(pg 7-9) with nice long hair called ralph is now the leader by his side one of the bigguns; he is fat with glasses he portrays intelligence and wisdom his name is piggy. The book says "the fat boy waited to be asked his name in return but his proof of acquaintance was not made." (pg. 10) While in power ralph elects jack as the head hunter and his choir as mini hunters to appease his approach to being the leader after humiliation when he tried to immediately force his leadership. In the beginning, Ralph and jack were in co-ordination they both wanted to set rules for the society in progress.
Ralph is a twelve year old boy who is chosen to be the leader/chief of the group of young boys. He tries to take leadership, make rules, and settle arguments between Piggy and Jack. Piggy is a fair-haired, short, overweight boy with asthma who wears spectacles and cannot swim. He is has trouble interacting with others and tries to fit in, but ends up arguing with Jack most of the
Upon curiosity, the boy asks the man what is the bravest thing he has done; to which the man responds, “getting up this morning” (272) after spitting bloody phlegm on the road. The man knows that they boy is the faint spark of hope for whoever could be alive. This boy is so naive and unaware of how inhuman everyone has turned because he was born into this apocalyptic setting where violence and greed seem to be more vital than hope. The man continues walking on the road where so many have lost their lives just so the faint spark of hope does not completely fade away. McCarthy constantly tries to convince the reader that the man is hopeless.
In Lord of the Flies, we quickly identify the character Piggy as the smartest, yet the boys frequently ignore and abuse him, leaving him useful only in the sense of advancing the themes of the novel. The boys hardly listen to Piggy because he is an outsider. The most obvious reason the boys consider him an outsider is because of his appearance. Piggy is fat, has asthma, and wears glasses, while everyone else is slim with no disabilities. In the very beginning of the book the boys recognized Piggy as an outsider, taunting him and calling him names.
The opposite of this character is Piggy, representing civilization and logical thinking. When the boys all assemble, Piggy is the only one who tries to make an effort to learn their names: ¨Piggy moved among the crowd, asking names and frowning to remember them. The children gave him the same simple obedience that they had given to the man with the megaphones”(Goulding ?). This quote relates him to a man with a megaphone, and in this way he symbolizes life back home. This means that when Piggy dies, all civilization is lost, along with the conch; "exploding into a thousand white fragments" (11.209).
The spectacles-wearing kid asks the fair-haired boy for his name and learns that the fair-haired boy is Ralph. Ralph is indifferent about learning the spectacles-wearing kid’s name and makes the assumption that there may be other survivors. The spectacles-wearing kid tells Ralph that he used to be called “Piggy” at school and doesn’t want others to know. Ralph tells Piggy that his father will rescue them because he’s a navy commander but Piggy asserts the fact that they may stay on the island until their deaths. Afterwards, Ralph finds a conch shell but doesn’t know how to blow it and Piggy teaches Ralph from what he saw before.