Lord Of The Flies: Character Analysis

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Kayla Hardersen
English, 7
20 August 2015
Reading Journal
Chapters 1-2
Character Evaluation
In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Piggy is a self-conscious, proper schoolboy; however, he is having trouble adjusting to the island and the boys on it. Piggy wants to be heard and respected by the boys on the island, but his overweight appearance and unfortunate nickname make it difficult for the boys to take him seriously. Despite being a well-mannered boy, Piggy has outbursts of anger when decisions are made or actions are taken in a rush. When Ralph and the other boys hurriedly decide to build a fire, Piggy's temper flares, instantly labeling them as childish and ignorant (Golding 38). Piggy's anger intensifies when the boys' foolish
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He also appears to be much happier and content in life without on the island, with all the boys and without grown ups; however, the other boys do not appreciate Piggy any more than they had previously. When Jack lets the fire die out when he had been hunting, and Piggy criticizes him for it, Jack attacks him (Golding 71-72). Instead of getting angry, as his previous actions and outbursts might have suggested, Piggy hides from Jack and cowers in fear (Golding 72). Countering his raging tantrums, Piggy now seems to respect and fear the leaders more than he demands respect for himself.
Worldview Analysis
In this section, William Golding puts forth a new theory. He suggests that man is not corrupted, but the mind is. Jack's burning desire for meat had him abandon his post and ruin the chance of getting rescued (Golding 68-70). All the criticism he received afterward got inside his head and "drove Jack to violence" (Golding 71). The isolation from civilization is ruining their minds and causing some of the boys to do crazy things.
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Piggy tells Ralph how he is scared of Jack, scared of how he'll hurt him (Golding 93). He also admits to not being capable to watch over the 'littluns' because he is too afraid of the beast (Golding 101). Aside from being afraid, Piggy has made some emotional progress. With the exception of Jack, the boys all seem to care a little more about him and take his thoughts into account.
Worldview Analysis
These chapters have shown not how isolation corrupts the mind, but fear. In this story, it's fear for their lives, fear of darkness, and fear that the boys might never get rescued. Anything that comes that might make that fear a reality muddles their minds and decisions. When 'Samneric' discover the beast, they automatically try to hunt it, without a plan or any idea of the consequences (Golding 102-103). The boys are "one terrified mind" trying to save themselves and regain the hope of getting off the island (Golding 98).

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