In Chapter 1, how does William Golding use symbols—especially colors—to characterize Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon?I read through the chapter and didn't find anything about colors.  I know one...

In Chapter 1, how does William Golding use symbols—especially colors—to characterize Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon?

I read through the chapter and didn't find anything about colors.  I know one of the symbols is the conch shell but that the only one i found... 

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Color Symbolism in Chapter One of Lord of the Flies:

Jack--

Originally portrayed in the somber black of his choir robes, Jack's wardrobe color associates him with the austerity and tradition of English boys' choir, the dress of which is exceedingly formal.  This aspect of Jack's dress, the solemnity of the subdued color black on the boys, suggests a strong tie to civilization; however the color black on Jack could also foreshadow his role in the eventual darkness of the island.

Ralph--

Ralph is associated with the white delicacy of the conch.  White is traditionally an innocent and pure color.  Golding uses the conch to suggest that Ralph, as its possessor, also has these qualities.

Piggy--

Piggy is associated with the color pink.  He turns pink when Jack calls him "fatty," and Golding describes his the bridge of his glasses making a "deep, pink 'V' on the bridge" of Piggy's "button nose" (11).  Coupled with his nickname, Piggy's association with the color pink reinforces Golding's portrayal of Piggy as having pig-like traits.

Simon--

No noteworthy color association for Simon, except that Golding portrays him as being extremely pale with "black coarse hair" (24).  As one of the choir, his official black choir robe automatically associates him with Jack.

kaik | Student

For Simon could him being pale suggest that he is scared/shy and teh course black hair is similar to the hair Jesus had?

 

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