What is the effect of others characters on Roger in Lord of the Flies?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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At first, Roger feels inhibited by the other characters, fearing their censure if he should go too far in his bullying.  He perceives the other boys on the island as possible watch dogs, or some kind of barrier, that keeps him from fulfilling his darkest desires.  Golding reveals Roger's wary attitude toward the other boys in chapter four as Roger stalks little Henry on the beach.  He carefully waits "hidden behind a great palm" until the other boys are out of sight before he starts throwing stones at the littlun.  Ultimately, the civilizing effect that the other boys have on Roger diminishes the longer the children stay on the island, until nothing remains but Roger's own special brand of cruelty and malice.